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Sean O'Meallie


Hoag Gallery | August 29 - January 17, 2021

Sean O’Meallie is from New Orleans, LA. where he studied art at the University of New Orleans. Since 1977 he has resided in Colorado.

Line + Shape + Color + Noise showcases over 100 new works created over the last two years. O’Meallie, a former toy inventor for the mass-market, uses bright colors and fanciful shapes in playful and humorous ways to express delight, wonderment and consternation about the noisy philosophical issues of contemporary life.

O’Meallie’s primary medium is wood, which he shapes and paints to an exact high degree and then may rub back to a human-touched patina, or leave glistening. In a casual setting many of these works (there are over 100 new pieces in the show) would be touched or handled to bring the viewer experience to full fruition, but in this setting, it’s hands-off.

In basswood and maple, O’Meallie sculpts potatoes and exclamation marks, candy and guns, ears and noses and eyes and teeth, melons and balloons. He paints with both realism and fantastical color palettes to precise effect. A product design sensibility from his years inventing toys for an international mass market is on full display.

Says O’Meallie, “I was a paid toy conceptualist for about ten years wherein I studied the shapes, colors and patterns of objects as they effect communication with an audience of wide-eyed little people. I use what I learned in the art I make today. I play with the language and allure of objects with my own sense of play to connect with and introduce fresh ideas to the viewer. The viewer is a toy in this and I remain an instigator.”

Some of the works in this exhibit are object groupings evoking thoughts of interrelationship, variation and inclusion. Others are stand alone objects with their own poise, but all the works are threaded together into a whole expression of thought, wonder and discovery.

Popular Colorado Springs artist displays new wood sculptures in Pueblo exhibit

Special events:
Friday, November 6, 2020 | 5-7pm | First Friday Art Walk, free admission to all the galleries. Refreshments and live entertainment.
Sunday, November 8, 10-3pm | Free Day. Sponsored by the W. Bret Kelly Trust.
Friday, December 4 | 5-7pm | First Friday Art Walk, free admission to all the galleries. Refreshments and live entertainment.Sponsored by Pueblo Water.
Sunday, December 13, 2 pm | Save the Magic! "Nutcracker the Ballet" Premiere of Act II | $100 (tickets must be purchased in advanced
Monday, December 14 | Save the Magic! "Nutcracker the Ballet" streamed to the public free of charge

Please remember that masks and advanced timed tickets are required to view the galleies. Please also remember social distancing.