Artist StatementBorn 1981. Kim O’Neil is an artist and a not so distant relation of John F Kennedy. Lives and works near London.
Kim graduated from Central saint Martins in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art. Her painting and montage uses the paper minutiae we all leave behind throughout our lives, transforming them into gigantic hand painted monuments.
At her degree show Kim sold part of her collection to Sainsbury, which currently hangs in their head office in Holborn. Her entire debut show collection was sold before the private view in 2006. As her popularity increased, she took on commissions for The Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair, Earls Court and Olympia. During this busy period Kim staged her second solo show in London’s Vyner Street, entitled ‘Till death us do part’, in 2007/8. This was Kim’s take on the “commentary of marriage and the breakdown of structure in society”. The signature piece, an 8ft by 6ft painted marriage certificate, was the talking point of the exhibition. Kim staged a group project in 2008/9 with artist Nicola Morrison in the Nicholls and Clarke building in Shoreditch High Street. Her work, possibly the most disturbing and explicit so far, featured fragments of death certificates of Jack the Ripper’s victims’ and was made in response to the Ipswich prostitute murders that year. 2010 saw Kim provide a piece for Tamsyn Challenger’s collective project, ‘400 women’ which featured portraits and memorials of murder victims from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. This exhibition has toured extensively and drawn critical acclaim. In 2008 Kim was chosen to represent Winsor & newton Artists' Acrylics as one of Winsor & Newton's featured acrylic artists and continues to work closely with them. Kim became John Jones Artists Surface's Artist of the month in November 2010. 'Sins' shown in Vyner Street in 2012, a modern incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins are depicted through the medium of paint and montage.
In the April 2014 Kim opened the doors to her art school 'Paint Modern' providing tutorage in contemporary painting, finding a direction in your own fine art practice and nurturing your individual style.