KAT ART/Inside + Out

KAT ART/Inside + Out


Kat is a partner/co-director and photographer/mixed media artist at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, which was voted best gallery in the Hamptons since it opened in 2015.

Kat's art has been exhibited in numerous publications including The New York Times and has been described as provocative, imaginative and unexpected. She was awarded Gold in Best of the Best East End Artists as well as The Award of Excellence by Juror Karen Marks, Director of Manhattan’s Howard Greenberg Gallery, one of the world’s leading photography galleries.

As an artist with artistic roots in dramatic writing, Kat works to balance impact and personality in all her pieces, often incorporating words and humor. Her portfolios, printed on metal, feature graffiti, abstract art and mixed media that can be featured inside our outside in the elements redefining the concept of a sculpture garden. Drive up to Kat's house and the first thing you'll see is a 40x40 graffitied Frida Kahlo leaning against a tree.

Hamptons Art Hub Review/2016

“Photographer Kat O'Neill took a different tack when making her images. After photographing the murals thoroughly, she collaged details of the street art or images of murals in their entries with images that channel the ways graffiti has made its way into pop culture such as clothing design and fashion advertisements. In one work, Subway Style 1, O'Neill includes graffiti history through the collaging of tagged trains with long horizontal presentations of her photography. Other works are presented as broken circles with distinctive zig zags dividing the frameless work set on metal. Often accented with painted circles (to conjure the shape of spray can and sometimes images of spray cans themselves), the circular works accentuate the vivid colors, lines, patterns and writing O'Neill captured with her lens. Along with creating compositions that reverberate with color and pattern, narration has a strong presence in O'Neill's work. She is a storyteller (produced playwright and fiction writer) and the photographs on view vibrate with implied stories or those waiting to happen. Some of her photo works borrow a page from text art through their bold titles: You Should Have Tried Harder requires no further explanation for the sultry look in the model's eyes as she gazes boldly back at the viewer. Her body is partially secreted by a horizontal bar filled with excerpts from street art, casting a fashion ad look to the work.”

Kat is a member of The Artists Alliance of East Hampton. http://aaeh.org/kat-oneill/

She is also a produced and award-winning playwright and a contributing fiction writer to The East Hampton Star since 2007 with a series titled, "Uncle Jack's." The most recent being Uncle Jack's One-Armed.

Kat's work from her years as an award-winning creative director can be viewed on her creative think tank.

Kat's art has been presented at RJD Fine Arts Gallery, Jeanie Tengelson Gallery, Fotofoto Gallery, Guild Hall, Cold Harbor Whaling Museum, The Marine Museum, Ashawagh Hall, The Gallery at East End Arts and The White Room Gallery. Awards include best in shows, awards of excellence, year long exhibits. Private collections: NY, LA, Vegas, UK, Paris.