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Press Release

Junko O’Neill


A solo exhibition of works

17 22 November 2014

Private View:

Thursday 20 November 6:30-9pm

The Coningsby Gallery

30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ

It is said the Japanese see space differently. So how different is it from that of the Western and

how is it expressed in art? The work of UK-based artist Junko O’Neill is influenced by the Japanese

spacial and temporal concept of ‘Ma which can be translated as gap, space or pause. O’Neill

will showcase her new body of work both in abstract and figurative forms in the solo exhibition


‘Ma’ is a Japanese way of looking. It gives the intangible positive meaning. Empty space or time is

not considered as a separate entity. The void created does not have a negative meaning, instead it

suggests pregnant nothingness.

O’Neill says: What I portray with my work is space, where time is seemingly halted but also where

something has just happened or is about to happen. Emptiness is deliberately expressed in order

to suggest potential.”

“Far from being labelled as figurative paintings, these thought-provoking pieces may

be more accurately described as portraits of space, populated in order to prompt our

sense of relationship within it.” Seline Bullocke, art writer, Arttext

Interlude will be staged from 17 to 22 November at

The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RJ

Exhibition Opening Times: 9am-6pm (Tue until 9pm), Sat 10am-5pm

Private View: Thursday 20th November, 6:30-9pm

For further information, contact 07733 422892 or visit


Notes to Editors

Junko O'Neill gained her MA and BA from Winchester School of Art, where she was given the

Stephen Heffer Memorial Award in 2008. Junko was shortlisted for the Celeste Prize 2011 and

Kudos International 2013. Her work 'The Intervals' that she created for Winchester Cathedral

as a part of Winchesters biennial art festival 10 Days in 2013, was displayed for an extended

period at the cathedral's special request. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad,

including a solo show, Fragments of Time, at GV Art, London, Berlin and Florence. She also

co-curated Space Unfolding, a group exhibition at Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch. Born in

Tokyo, Junko now lives in Winchester and is a resident artist of the Sorting Office studios in

Eastleigh, Hampshire


Mixed media on panel, H60xW100cm


Mixed media on panel Golden Path

H100xW60cm Mixed media on panel, H100xW110cm

Summer, Night, Rainbow

Mixed media on panel, H100xW110cm


Mixed media on panel


(Front image) Fracanzan, Mixed media on panel, H100xW60cm