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Sean O’Meallie is from New Orleans, LA. He studied art at the University of New Orleans. While there, he was assistant to the noted artist, Ida Kohlmeyer. Since 1977 he has resided in Colorado.
O’Meallie taught studio art at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs for 9 years and for 10 years was a toy inventor based out of New York, NY, creating toy concepts for the international marketplace.
O’Meallie’s sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the US and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York, NY, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO. His Cowboy Pajamas, a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with its guns drawn, is located in downtown Denver, CO.... His work is included in the college text, Launching The Imagination.
O’Meallie’s work, usually painted wood, is noted for its visual and tactile allure, and multilayered content.
“In my work I usually draw on intellectual, visual and spatial opportunities presented by circumstance to communicate possibility. In this, I employ the semiotics of popular culture, human perception and habituation in self-conscious ways.”
“I make objects. They disappear. I make more objects.”
To call Colorado Springs artist Sean O’Meallie’s work playful is an understatement: His brightly colored wooden sculptures are toys wittily transformed into fine art and dimensional cartoons. O’Meallie’s affinity for toys led to an early career as a toy inventor in New York; he’s now a full-time artist,
channeling the whimsy of his chosen field into galleries and public places around the globe.