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Eryn O'Neill BFA '08
The subject of oil, and of industry more broadly, has been explored in the arts for decades dating back to the early stages of the industrial revolution. Artists have used this subject for a variety of purposes, and sought a variety of reactions. Industry in art has followed and responded to social trends. In some cases artists have expressed support for industrial production and development, while in others they have captured fear and rejection of industry. My work aims to portray these man-made giants in a neutral light.

These massive “eyesores” exist all over the world and are built with little to no consideration to visual appeal. They are an essential part of modern society, for some the product of centuries of industrial development and achievement, and for others a serious social and environmental dilemma. However, I saw the beauty before the subject, and I hope that this will be captured in my work.


Gathering, 2010. Oil on canvas, 36 x 60”

Hollow, 2009. Oil on canvas, 48 x 36”

Portrait, 2010. Oil on canvas, 40 x 30”