"I get lost in creating work that reveals itself the more you look at it. I find that reality is overrated."
'JUST CHILLIN' (2019)
MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY ENCAUSTIC (BEESWAX AND PIGMENTS) ON WOOD, 24 x 24 x 1.5 IN
'NEVER SAY GOODBYE' (2019)
MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY ENCAUSTIC (BEESWAX AND PIGMENTS) ON WOOD, 30 x 30 x 1.5 IN
Artwork Price Range: $1,000 - $4000
Clare O'Neill is a Minnesota based artist specializing in encaustic photographs. She began her photographic career taking images of the people and places of Ireland during nearly two decades of traveling to Ireland. After a career change in 2008, she showed her first body of photographic work in 2009.
Clare O'Neill's photography has evolved over time. She began as a traditional black & white film photographer, yet her desire to bring depth and texture to her images currently guides her work. Inspired by traditional oil painters, she uses her images as a starting point to manipulate and create works with a three-dimensional quality. The images are spontaneous. They begin as high-resolution digital images; O'Neill then applies and re-applies multiple layers and textures, both digitally and with encaustic wax, until her interpretation of the image feels right. Rendered with a dream-like haze, O'Neill's work suggests an imaginative, sensual, and provocative style. The wax adds a sense of mystery and intrigue. Each exquisite work becomes timeless, allowing the image and composition to suggest a unique quality that speaks to the viewer. Her photos etch a place in our memory with much more detail than the original out-of-the-camera image.
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