Junko O’Neill is a fine art painter, who primarily works in oils as well as traditional Japanese paints made of natural mineral pigments. Inspired by the Japanese spacial and temporal concept of ‘Ma’, her paintings, which range from figurative to abstract forms, embody space with a sense of time-passing and a charged atmosphere, underlined by a sense of calm.
Her work 'The Flow of Words', which she created for 'Inspired for Words' exhibition at Winchester Cathedral in 2017, as a part of Jane Austen 2000 events, has been subsequently longlisted for John Moore Painting Prize 2018. Her paintings were selected for AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017), The Lichfield Prize (Lichfield, 2016), Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Exhibition (London, 2015) and Flux Exhibition (Royal College of Art, London, 2015). O'Neill was also shortlisted for Kudos International (2013) and the Celeste Prize (2011). She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including solo shows in London, Fragments of Time at GV Art and Interlude at Coningsby Gallery, and group shows in Paris, Berlin and Florence. She has taken part in the prestigious The Other Art Fair in London several times.
O'Neill gained her MA and BA from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Born in Tokyo, she now lives and works in Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom.