Fernanda O'Connell

Painting the ocean and its movements comes naturally to me, like an extension of my being.
The experiences I have when I am in the ocean mirrors the experiences I have in life. In this series of monochromatic paintings, I tapped into some binary opposite situations representing what we experience as humans in life. Success and failure, hardship and easy flow, anticipation and aftermath.
 

Exhibition view of Invisible Bridges at Creative Space, 2018, curated by Cassia Bundock

Exhibition view of Invisible Bridges at Creative Space, 2018, curated by Cassia Bundock

Fernanda is an emergent  Brazilian-Australian contemporary artist working from Ulladulla on the South Coast of NSW, Australia.

O’Connell started painting after moving to Australia and kept her skills evolving by enrolling on courses at National Art School, Darlinghurst,  and privately with artists Roger Crawford, Jennifer Milne, Michelle Hiscock and Maryanne Wick in Australia and Angelo Vadala in Florence, Italy.

O’Connell’s uses  painting, drawing and photography to portrait images of the ocean with a particular attention to the sea’s movements.

It is not only the fact that O’Connell is a surfer and lives by the water which explain her subject matter. O’Connell is traveller, a dreamer, a mother, an emigrant and a self-taught artist. The ocean is her oeuvre and a omnipresent space for knowledge and creation.

O’Connel’s  art is contingent and alive to the point where viewers can almost feel what they are seeing and perhaps learning what the artist have learned.

O’Connell’s work has been held in private collections in Brazil, USA, Portugal, England, Germany, France and Australia.

 

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‘Anticipation’
Acrylic and Charcoal on Cotton Canvas
70 x 70 cm
$1500

 

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‘Through’
Acrylic and Charcoal on Cotton Canvas
70 x 70 cm
sold

 

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‘Fluidity’
Acrylic and Charcoal on Cotton Canvas
70 x 70 cm
$1500

 

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‘Finality’
Acrylic and Charcoal on Cotton Canvas
70 x 70 cm
$1500

 

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‘Almost’
Acrylic and Charcoal on Cotton Canvas
70 x 70 cm
$1500

 

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‘Endurance’
Acrylic and Charcoal on Cotton Canvas
70 x 70 cm
sold