Daniel P. O'Neill is a museum artist, an
archaeological reconstruction/interpretation specialist, and one of Europe's leading museum model makers. His work can be
seen in many European institutions, and private collections worldwide. A graduate of Medway College of Design (now University for the Creative Arts) in England,
Daniel O'Neill has been a designer, artist and modelmaker, for 20 years. More than half that time spent in the museum design
field. Originally based in London and Dublin, he worked for several years as an industrial designer for the Irish government's
design advisory service to industry. After a two year self imposed gap spent training as a commercial pilot in the US and
elsewhere, he returned to Ireland in 1992. In 1993 he established his design practice, specialising in exhibit design
and archaeological reconstruction work for heritage centers and regional museums established under EU initiatives. Much of O'Neill's current work
is for maritime collectors and museums. He still flies regularly and his aviation experience combined with an exceptional eye for detail
allows his work to demonstrate remarkable realism where a naturalistic finish is required. Dan has lived in the
US for the last twelve years and during that time his marine models and sculptures have been sold at Christies fine art
auctions in New York, and can be found in many US private and corporate collections. He has undertaken
design/model work for television and film companies, museum design firms and architectural practices large and small.
His clients include the BBC, Ove Arup, Event Communications,Nantucket Whaling Museum, Mel Fisher Museum, The Royal College
of Art and the British Museum. He is also one of the few artists able to list Saddam Hussein as a client (though obviously
not currently!) A full list of clients is available on request.
"O'Neill's techniques are the result of art
school training and years of experience. His work has a lifelike quality that is sadly missing in many contemporary models
and sculptures that suffer from a sterile, over technical approach. This is most apparent in his shipwreck work. The
movement of water is extremely well conveyed through the use of sculpted porcelain clay"( The Observer)
The pictures on these pages are mostly of model work, images of sculpture
and artwork will be posted soon.
2005 Mark Lewison)