VERNON O’MEALLY (b. 1989, Atlanta, Georgia) is a New York based visual artist creating paintings sculptures and installations, which visualize the invisible forces that stimulate our senses and animate our lives. Working across a diverse array of media, the artist interprets intangible powers like music, energy, and emotion into electrifying visual abstractions, often taking shape in orchestral linear compositions and psychedelic fields of color. Using this unique artistic language, O’Meally is able to vividly describe both his sensory experience of the world around us and the profound sense of wonder it produces. His work has been been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Whitewall Magazine, Arte Fuse, Street Art NYC, and Bowery Boogie and included in the collections of Paige Reifler (model), Jack Giarraputo (producer), and John Barker (Neuberger Berman).
After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2010, where he studied architecture and graphic design, O’Meally migrated to New York to pursue a career as a visual artist. While exploring this great metropolis in search of empty walls and creative work, he became inspired by the city’s dynamic pace and soon developed his signature, “linescapes.” O’Meally’s structured linear configurations celebrate the mystical interconnectivity of urban life. They symbolize the disintegration of earlier terms of classification and the weaving of a new shape shifting social fabric based on imagination, diversity, and spontaneity.
Fascinated by the evocative power of song, since 2015, the artist has been building a body of work, which investigates his emotional and visual responses to music. In the tradition of action painters like Jackson Pollack, O’Meally’s creation ritual is both meditative and physical. After selecting a soundtrack and preparing his painting materials (often on the gallery floor) the artist begins to move around a blank canvas like a shark circling its prey. He then executes a multi-stage plan of attack: whether he’s pouring and spraying paint, making marks with charcoal or washing his canvasses with water, O’Meally’s full body gestures translate sonic landscapes into visual ones. In his work, acoustic elements like tempo, pitch, rhythm, and timbre emerge as vacillating galaxies of pure line and color. In this way, the paintbrush becomes a music instrument, and the resulting work evidence of a stirring audio visual event.
O’Meally’s works are produced in a kind of synthetic trance, one, at times, enhanced by the hallucinatory powers of drugs like LSD. A devoted student of modern neuroscience, the artist is well versed in the latest research on psychedelics and their effects on human consciousness. In response to musical stimuli, these drugs have been proven to activate the portion of the brain responsible for mental imagery, memory, and meaning. The resulting sensations of wonder and increased experiential significance are now studied in the scientific community for their therapeutic potential. In a similar pursuit, when O’Meally works under the influence, he does not simply depict the visions occurring in his mind’s eye; rather, he seeks to create work capable of communicating the mystical relationship between music, image, emotion, and consciousness; the divine sense of meaning we derive from all art forms, which appears perceptible in this altered state.
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Neuberger Berman Celebrates Black History Month, Group Exhibition | Neuberger Berman Global Headquarters | Manhattan, New York
This Way to That Way, Solo Exhibition | ABXY Gallery | Manhattan, New York
Mask On, Change for Kids Benefit Auction | Capitale | Manhattan, New York
Eat Me, Solo Exhibition | Ghost Gallery | Brooklyn, New York
NOW WE HERE, Group Exhibition | ABXY Gallery | Manhattan, New York
Art In Motion, Group Exhibition, Monticello Motor Club | Monticello, New York
La Dolce Vita, Group Exhibition | Fabio Scalia | SoHo, New York
VERNON O’MEALLY: JUST FUNKIN’ AROUND, Solo Exhibition | A+E Studios | Tribeca, New York
This is Not a Safe Space, Group Exhibition | A+E Studios | Tribeca, New York
Filling in the Blanks Benefit Auction, Glen Arbor Golf Club | Bedford, New York
Electric Dance Totem Pole, Solo Exhibition | Atelier ABXY | SoHo, NYC
Passion for Pachyderms, Benefit Auction | Trump World Tower | United Nations Plaza, New York
Chasing Unicorns: Mythologies of Progress in American Landscapes, Group Exhibition | A+E Studios | Tribeca, New York
Linescapes, curated by Centre-fuge | Public Art Project | Lower East Side, New York
Funky Jungle, Mural | First Street Green Graffiti Park | Lower East Side, New York
The Birth of Cool, Group Exhibition | Spoonbill | Bushwick, New York
People’s Choice, Group Show | The Greenpoint Gallery | Brooklyn, New York
Arch NYC, Group Show | Bushwick Open Studios | Brooklyn, New York