Hollie O’Neill is a contemporary painter living in Auckland.
O’Neill creates playful and vibrant portraits of animals in acrylic on canvas. Inspired by her childhood experiences with animals while growing up in rural Bay of Islands, her subjects are brimming with character and are energetically presented in vivid colour. The animal is presented in large-scale, in lively monochromatic detail against a contrasting background, elevating each creature to an iconic status. Having since lived in Waihi Beach, Wanaka and Auckland, O’Neill is captivated by New Zealand’s lakes, mountains, native flora & fauna, and birds. Through painting New Zealand’s wildlife, O’Neill aims to illustrate the essence of New Zealand.
Selected as a finalist for NZ’s prestigious Parkin Drawing Prize 2020, also twice a finalist for the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award, O’Neill’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections across NZ, Australia, China, UK, USA, and Germany including significant collections such as ‘The Wallace Art Trust Collection’.
Parnell Gallery has represented Hollie O’Neill since 2020.