Lesley O'Neill

Lesley O'Neill

London, London, United Kingdom

About Lesley O'Neill

After completing my MA at the Slade, I worked out of a studio in the East End of London for five years. Having exhibitions with some lecturing thrown in. Pretty carefree really.
Then life happened, what can I say. Despite my plans I had another life to support. A PGCE beckoned and there began my teaching career, which lasted ten years. Followed by fourteen years as a Pilates Teacher. My work had always been figurative, after a fashion, so a reasonable fit.

I use to think time was linear, things happen in a certain order. Then 2020 arrived. My Father died in January, he was 92 so that's OK, yes?
In March I came down with Covid. One visit to A & E, eight weeks spent mainly in bed. Finally a diagnosis of Long Covid, which continues.

On 3rd of June my reason for the PGCE left me bereft and broken. My Son Louis died suddenly during lockdown having been furloughed from his job. A Pulmonary Embolism caused by an undiagnosed DVT.

The need to create was/is overwhelming. To return to the thing I love but through different eyes, hence the collection of work entitled 'A Covid Griel'. A selection of black and white Lino and Woodcuts made in my kitchen at home.

Education

Staffordshire University Fine Art BA (Hons)
Slade School of Fine Art, Printmaking (MA)
Middlesex University Art & Design PGCE

Exhibitions

The Christmas Show, Candid Arts, London - 2020
The Autumn Salon, Candid Arts, London - 2020
Huunuu, Art & Death Virtual Exhibition - 2020
Open To Print, Bankside, London
South Bank Picture Show, South Bank, London
New English Art Club, The Mall Galleries, London
Eastend Open, London
Humberside National Print Show, Touring
Manchester Academy Summer Show.