Welcome to O'Neill Cushman's professional website and online portfolio. Please feel free click on the pictures below to explore the paintings by subject matter - Landscape, Still Life, or Figure and Portrait - or read about O'Neill's underlying process, which he calls "Phenomenological Expressionism." If you are not experienced with art, you might enjoy reading what the artist has to say about how to look at his work. And if you have any questions regarding upcoming events, pricing, studio visits, work that is not currently listed on the site, or simply want to chat about art, feel free to reach out - comments and questions are always welcome. Thank you, and enjoy the work!
O'Neill Cushman is a contemporary American artist living and working in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. A former student at the Marchutz School of Fine Art in Aix, he now works there as a professor and studio manager. In 2016 he recieved his MFA from the internationally based TransArt Institute. Working both in the studio and en plein air, he focuses on painting after the visible world, following an approach he calls phenomenological expressionism. This method centers around the idea that human perception is integral to our understanding of the world, and that pursuing a poetic truth in perception is a vehicle for creating artwork that acts as a living whole. As a plein air painter in Aix-en-Provence, his motifs are rapid explorations of the stunning landscape in which he lives, and this pursuit draws him simultaneously to the dramatic Mont Sainte Victoire that Paul Cézanne popularized and to the sudden moments of lasting awe that can be seen in something as simple as a stand of trees or an old bell tower. In the studio, he brings the same pursuit indoors, exploring perceptual moments of dramatic tension in still life, figure, and portraiture. O'Neill work is primarily oil painting on canvas, but he works in graphite, conté crayon, and chalk pastel on paper as well. Although O'Neill spends most of his time painting in Aix-en-Provence, his work has taken him on painting trips to Venice, Italy, Giverny, France (home of Monet and his famous garden) and Vermont, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC in the United States.