Meet the artists – Sam O’Neill

Six young artists have been selected for a show titled Faces & Figures: Student Exhibition 2015.  Here you can get to know them a little more…

Sam O’Neill – Elizabeth College (Ladies’ College Art Student):

“Having been given the topic of ‘Relationships’ to base my work upon, I decided to consider an alternate approach to the subject, rather than interpreting it simply as the emotional connection or involvement between two people.

The word relationship is defined as “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected”. In developing ideas from this I was able to establish a sense of understanding of the importance of how an observer relates to the work before them, i.e. the connection between an object and a person.  I felt this connection was not only dependent on what is seen, but also how it is seen – an idea from which the concept of creating an illusion-like, perspective-based work stemmed.

I decided to also seek inspiration from existing artists’ work to develop these ideas further. Yosman Botero, a Columbian artist who is known for the holographic art he produces, comprising of layered plexiglass, was of great inspiration to me. His work was of significant influence in this piece, particularly in the generation of the idea of using individual layered to parts to form a whole – the constituent parts relate with each other, connecting to become one.

After completing my second year of A levels next year, in which I will continue to study art, maths and further maths, I’m hoping to go on to study product design. Falmouth offer a sustainable product design course which seems ideal for me.”


The Guernsey Arts Commission’s annual student exhibition showcases a variety of art, design and photography from the end-of-year 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 fifth show of the annual series. This year’s exhibition has been curated by GAC’s Antonia Ramsey and Simone Roberts. You can meet and hear from these emerging artists at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 10 September from 5.30pm until 7pm at the greenhouse gallery at Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, Candie.  The exhibition runs until Sunday 22nd November.

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