Mark O'Neill (b.1963)
The contemporary Irish painter and illustrator Mark O'Neill was born in Lancashire in 1963. After a childhood, spent in Mauritius, South Africa, Nigeria, Malta and London, he was taught fine art painting and drawing at the Kingston College of Art, from where he graduated with first class Honours. He achieved notable success as a commercial illustrator for companies like Harrods, Guinness, Southern Comfort and Royal Mail as well as numerous publishers. However, in his late 20s, he returned to his maternal familys hometown of Tullamore, County Offaly, to take up painting full time. Since then he has enjoyed notable success and considerable recognition as an artist, for his still life painting, his landscapes and genre-scene paintings of interiors. O'Neill currently lives and works in County Wexford.
After returning to Ireland Mark O'Neill first showed at the Forge Gallery in County Louth and this was followed by a number of sell-out shows at the Frederick Gallery in Dublin. In addition, he took part in the Wexford Art Show, held in conjunction with the Annual Wexford Opera Festival.
He has won many awards at exhibitions including the Arnotts National Portrait Exhibition in Dublin, the Artist for Future Appreciation Award at the annual Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition. In 1998, half a dozen of Marks pictures were included in Ireland: Crossing Borders, an exhibition of Irish art at Gallery Revel in New York. All his paintings sold.
Most Expensive Painting By Mark O'Neill
An immensely versatile and talented artist, Mark O'Neill's paintings are highly sought after. In a 2006 sale of contemporary Irish art at Adam's Auctioneers of Dublin, he sold 65 new paintings for a staggering €475,000 achieving a top sale price of €21,000 for On the Rise, St. Paul de Vence. The auction record for an individual work by Mark O'Neill was set in 2007, when his genre painting, entitled Outside the Fuel Shed, was sold at James Adams, in Dublin, for €28,000.
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