The first solo museum exhibition for Robyn O’Neil features the Houston artist’s meticulously rendered graphite drawings ranging in size from small squares to monumental triptychs. Like Hieronymous Bosch and Pieter Breughel, O’Neil studies the human condition, exploring ideas of evolution and extinction as well as humanity’s foibles and complicated relationship with nature. O’Neil’s signature snowy landscapes are populated by middle-aged men in track suits who go about their daily business surrounded by mountains, fir trees, and threatening skies. O’Neil’s work was included in the 2004 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Perspectives 149: Robyn O’Neil is organized by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Senior Curator Lynn Herbert and will be accompanied by a Perspectives-format catalogue with an essay by Herbert, reproductions of exhibited work, and documentation on the artist’s career. After its Houston debut, the exhibition will tour to The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle.