kat o’ neill

Kat is an award-winning photographer, mixed media artist and writer as well as Co-Owner/Co-Director at The White Room Gallery. Her work has been described as provocative, imaginative, unique, bold, crisp and unexpected.

Street art is mixed with city images, rocks turn into characters, industrial pieces take on their own beauty in abstract reflections or evocative still life’s, vintage album covers create montages, words convey a story and, often, paint and layers add dimension as her pieces are born. Kat is intrigued by a myriad of catalysts. Both masculine and feminine. Her images are mostly burned into metal because of its vibrancy, simplicity and the fact that it can withstand the elements. The works displayed here are from Kat’s Montauk Reflections Series, all shot in 2018 and can be produced on metal or canvas, in various sizes.

“O’Neill’s works are a colorful coupling of near abstraction with realism along with a strong dose of implied narration. In her new work, Set In Stone, collaged elements of photographed color, text and extracted imagery combine to nearly cloak the underlying photograph of a tombstone, hand-selected for the spark that ignited imaginative wonderings of life, death and the things that happen along the way. At the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, where O’Neill is co-director and co-owner, her latest series is unveiled and reveals a mature integration of technique and artistic vision. In her “Tombstone” series, O’Neill uses the final marker of a person’s life as a springboard for imaginative exploration of life through color, texture and implied narration. Moving stronger into abstraction, the series adopts a bit of the sculptural. The art has a three-dimensional quality coaxed through the layering of metal onto her printed photography and through an installation that creates edges and a physicality springing the work beyond a flat presentation.” Hamptons Art Hub Review, 2017.

Kat has won many awards for her art including Gold for Best of the Best East End Artist in 2016 and 2017 and The Award of Excellence by Juror Karen Marks, Director of Manhattan’s Howard Greenberg Gallery, one of the world’s leading photography galleries as well as Juror Dr. Naomi Rosenblum, eminent photographic historian and Juror Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and Senior Curator at Wave Hill Cultural Center.

Her work has been featured in numerous websites and publications including The New York Times and has been displayed by museums, galleries and private collectors. All Kat’s images are limited editions, printed with archival pigment inks.

Kat has used her creativity to generate money and support for The New York Philharmonic and The Jewish Children’s Museum. She created a fundraiser at Ashawagh Hall with 100% of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Retreat. She has donated art to support Quail Hill Farm and Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue. Kat is a fiction writer for The East Hampton Star and a member of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton.

EXHIBITS
International Photography Exhibition, “Structure: Within and Beyond, Tengelson Gallery.
International Exhibition, “Landscapes: From Metropolis to Arcadia, Tengelson Gallery.
International Exhibition, Tengelson Gallery.
International Year-Long Exhibition, “Waves and Watercolors” Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, NY.
International Exhibition, “Women painting women” RJD Gallery, NY.
International Exhibition, RJD Gallery, NY.
International Exhibition, RJD Gallery, NY.
International Photography Exhibition, Fotofoto Gallery, NY.
Pop Art Exhibition, Ashawagh Hall, NY.
East End Artist Exhibition, Guild Hall, NY.
East End Artist Exhibition, Guild Hall, NY.
National Sea Exhibition, The Marine Musuem, NY.
National Exhibition, East End Arts Gallery, NY.
National Exhibition, East End Arts Gallery, NY.
Springs Invitational, Ashawagh Hall, NY.
Springs Invitational, Ashawagh Hall, NY.
East End Exhibition, “50 Shades of White”, Quogue Art Gallery, NY.
Exhibiting at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton with numerous shows since 2015, NY. Represented by The Gallery initially, becoming a co-owner/co-director in 2017.
Recent solo exhibit March, 2018 at The White Room Gallery.