Junko O’Neill is a Japanese fine art painter who primarily works in traditional Japanese paints made of natural mineral pigments ‘Iwaenogu’.
Her main inspiration lies in the Japanese specio-temporal concept of ‘Ma’. In her recent works, it is expressed in the form of abstract to embody space with a sense of time-passing and a charged atmosphere, underlined by a sense of calm.
Her work was selected for Works on Paper 2023 at the Gallery at Green and Stone, and was also shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022. ‘The Flow of Words’, which she created for the Inspired by the Words exhibition at Winchester Cathedral in 2017, as a part of Jane Austen 2000 events, was longtlisted for the John Moore Painting Prize 2018. She was also shortlisted for the Celeste Prize 2011 and the Kudos International 2013. In 2015, her work was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and was also selected for the Flux Exhibition at the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including solo shows, Strata at Burgh House in London, Colours of Rocks at Basingstoke Museum, and group shows in Berlin, Paris and Florence. She has taken part several times in the prestigious The Other Art Fair.
Junko gained her MA and BA from Winchester School of Art. Born in Tokyo, she now lives and works in Winchester.