O’Meallie, a former toy inventor for the mass-market, uses bright colors and fanciful shapes in playful and humorous ways to express delight, wonderment and consternation about the noisy philosophical issues of contemporary life. O’Meallie’s primary medium is wood, which he shapes and paints to an exact high degree and then may rub back to a human-touched patina, or leave glistening. In basswood and maple, O’Meallie sculpts potatoes and exclamation marks, candy and guns, ears and noses and eyes and teeth, melons and balloons. He paints with both realism and fantastical color palettes to precise effect. A product design sensibility from his years inventing toys for an international mass market is on full display.
O’Meallie taught studio art at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs for nine years and for ten 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 U.S. 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.