Meet the artist – Sam O’Neill

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Nine young artists have been selected for a show titled ‘Insight – Student Exhibition 2016’, open until Monday 29th August at the greenhouse gallery, in Guernsey Museum.   The Guernsey Arts Commission’s annual student exhibition showcases a variety of art, design, media and photography from the end-of-year art shows at the College of Further Education, Grammar School, Elizabeth College and Ladies’ College; highlighting the strong creative talent consistently emerging on the island.

The exhibition is kindly sponsored by NatWest and is the sixth show of the annual series.

This year’s exhibition has been curated by GAC’s Simone Roberts and Russ Fossey.


Introducing: Sam O’Neill


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  • Elizabeth College ( Ladies’ College Art Student)
  • ‘Concealed / Revealed’ –  Canvas paintings

‘Concealed and/or Revealed’ was the title of the project that this trio of self portraits comes from. Through the project I explored ideas about our (in)ability to understand others, which I linked directly to analysis of how we understand ourselves. The incomplete nature of the portraits, with half of the face missing, is representative of how our understanding of other people is often incorrect or incomplete. This ties in with the idea that we can never fully understand others, which was at the core of my project.

Many artists’ work inspired me and contributed to my exploration of this idea; the Cubist art movement being something I found myself exploring quite extensively at a later stage in the project. When painting this trio, however, the use of dripping watery paint in the work of Parisian painter Lou Ros was particularly influential to me.

Having completed my A Levels, I am now going to spend the next year studying at Camberwell College, University of the Arts London. The foundation course that I am going to be studying there will help me in deciding where to focus my studies in the following years.



The 2016 students include: Joey Burnard, Amber Moxom, Matthew Stockreiter, Tove Barnes, Georgina Smart, two returning artists Brittany Chippendale and Sam O’Neill as well as a group media project from the Grammar School involving Katie de Carteret, Rosie Jehan and Brittany, who has two pieces of work in the exhibition.


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