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Colours of Rocks

This exhibition will feature a collection of small abstract paintings created by the local artist Junko O’Neill, using Japanese traditional paints made from natural mineral pigments.

Unlike oil paints which can be applied thickly, the colours created by these paints need to be built up gradually layer upon layer. While O’Neill’s ongoing interest in expressing the Japanese aesthetics of space and time is visible on the surface of each restricted sized work, her main focus for this show is to introduce these beautiful pigments to visitors: natural rock colours that shimmer with life when the light hits them.


About the artist:

Junko O’Neill is a fine art painter who primarily works in oils as well as traditional Japanese paints made from natural mineral pigments. Inspired by the Japanese spacial and temporal concept of ‘Ma’, her paintings, which range from figurative to abstract forms, embody space with a sense of time passing and a charged atmosphere, underlined by a sense of calm.  In 2017, she took part in ‘Inspired by the Word’ exhibition at Winchester Cathedral as part of Jane Austen 200 events.  Subsequently, the work she created for it was longlisted for the prestigious biannual John Moores Painting Prize 2018.  She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including solo shows in London and group shows in Berlin and Florence.  Her work is in private collections in the UK, US, Sweden, Taiwan and Japan.  Junko gained her MA and BA from Winchester School of Art.  Born in Tokyo, she now lives and works in Winchester, Hampshire.

  • Lapis Medium: Mineral pigments on paper


Medium: Mineral pigments on paper


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