Jimmy O’Neal, a classically trained painter, continually explores and expands the physical and metaphorical capabilities of the medium. Through his work he creates experiences that call forth the universal impulses of the human condition that exist underneath the surface of our consciousness. He strives to represent the unseen visual poetry of the frequencies that surround and interact with our senses. His interest in physics, science, and biology led him to develop such technological innovations as mirrored paint, which is used in the creation of large-scale paintings that are intended to envelop the viewer. He further examines science and the body in such artworks as “brain machine,” a device that produces paintings generated from the artist's EEG readings in response to external stimuli.

O’Neal has exhibited in galleries and museums such as the The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. He received his BFA in Illustration and is a MFA candidate in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been commissioned by private and public institutions such as the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. O’Neal is a successful public artist that has created works for the Cobb Energy Building in Atlanta, Georgia; the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS); and the HanesBrands Theatre, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Most recently his public work Seven Cymatic Sonata for CATS was recognized as one of the 50 best Public Art Commissions in 2012 by The Public Art Network, a program of the Americans for the Arts. ​​​


MFA candidate 1997 Painting Savannah College of Art and Design

BFA 1989 Illustration Savannah College of Art and Design

Public and Private Art Commissions

Seven Cymatic Sonatas, Art-in-Transit Commission, Charlotte Area Transit System, North

Davidson Bus Facilities, Charlotte, NC. 2012

Pie Fight, Jay Turner Private Commission for Tonya Dean, Winston-Salem, NC, 2011.

Reactants, HanesBrands Theatre Lobby Wall, Winston-Salem Arts Council Commission, Milton

Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, 2010.

Bird in a Bell Again, Short listed, Mural Arts Program Commission, Philadelphia International

Airport Project, Philadelphia, PA, 2009

The Nine Muses, Entrance, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Commission, Atlanta, GA,


Fountain/Seven Waters, Johnston Development Group Commission, Greenville, SC, 2006.

This & That, Painting Installation, Santorini Hotel, Greece, 2006.

(Chairs on Parade commissions, purchased by sponsors, temporary public art)

Virtually Infinite, Purchased by Yo Marketing Group Sponsor, Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC. 2001

You Are Here, Charlotte Transportation, Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, 2001

Media Throne, The Fox Network, Tryon Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC. 2001



The Annual Year in Review Award, Public Art Network, American for the Arts.

• Wheels on the Bus in 7 Cymatic Sonatas, a public artwork commissioned by Charlotte Area Transit System, has been named as one of the 50 best public art projects in the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts. AFTA is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The annual Year in Review program recognizes the most exemplary, innovative, permanent or temporary public art created in the past year. The 2012 Year in Review awardees were chosen from 393 works from 147 cities across 40 states and three countries


DODO,Award: Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE

• Official entrant, presentation of 100 mpg hybrid car design.


Guinness book of World Records

The Worlds Largest Painting, as one of the founding members of the Southern Arts Revival group.

Solo Exhibitions


Paradisio, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.


Lucifren Fading, Studio installation, Alexander, NC.


Siddhartha-vision of Sweet-Feed, Installation and Public Performance, Madison Arts Council, Marshall NC.


Qualia, The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.


Shock and Awe, The Dangerfield Home, Hollywood, CA


Trumpets Gallore, The Bill Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Angel Web, The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.


Primacy of Movement, The Joie Lassiter Gallery, Charlotte, NC.


Jimmy O'Neal: Speculum, Van Every Gallery, Davidson College, Davidson, NC.

Jimmy O'Neal: Decade, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA.


Jimmy O'Neal: Indifferent Staves, Choreography Experiment, Carolina Theater, Charlotte, NC.


Bid for Life, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.

O'Neal: Time Machines, Hero Space, Performance, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA.

Selected Group Exhibitions


Graphic Abstraction, Sympathetic Magic, Moot Gallery, Hong Kong Sept,13-Oct 9


Make it New, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville NC.

Cross Currents II, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte NC.


Cross Currents, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. Group exhibition.

Activating Space, Installation of EEG painting machine, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art,

Jacksonville, FL.


The Domino Effect, The Santa Fe Art Institute, Sante Fe, NM.

Twitch, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM.


Painting4, Ingrid Calame, Katharina Grosse, Michael Lin, Jimmy O'Neal, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Home Grown, SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), Winston Salem, NC.

Holographic Glances, SGF Atlanta, GA.

Rites of Passage, Tenth Annual Art Exhibition at TrizecHahn, Charlotte, NC.


Requiem, Nexus Center for Contemporary Arts, Atlanta, Ga.

Time Machines Tour, Painting installation and Performance works, Zurich, Paris, Trance en Provence, France.


Revolangels, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC, 2007.

Jimmy O'Neal: The O.V. Project, Little Italy Peninsula Art Center, Mt.Holly, NC. The Andreas Bechtler Collection, 2000.

Visiting Artist/Residencies


Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Advanced Workshop, University of North

Carolina School of the Arts


Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Workshop, University of North Carolina School of the Arts


The Intersections Project: Artist in Residence Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,

Selected artist for in high school artist residency program, Winston-Salem, NC.



The Beautiful Mind of Jimmy O'Neal, Enter the boundless world of an innovative artist. Cover story By Carroll Leggett, WNC magazine.


Outer limits and local monuments,A triumph for Brandeis, By Christopher Millis, The Phoenix, Boston Mass.


TEDxKatuah - Jimmy O'Neal - The Artistic Journey Of Discovery, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.


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