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Maggie O'Neill creates a playground for the eyes

Posted on Jan 06,2009
Filed Under Local Leaders , Community,

Artist Maggie O'Neill
Photo Courtesy of KingPin Studios

Artist and interior designer Maggie O'Neill barely sits still.
After a number of successful showings in 2008, the local artist this week rolls out her artistic handiwork at SEI sushi restaurant and lounge, at 444 7th St. NW in the District, two blocks from the Verizon Center.
"It's like nothing else you've seen in Washington," O'Neill gushes. "The walls and ceiling have been treated with white ostrich vinyl, and we are proud to feature some of the most involved, clever finishes and artwork we have ever done."
This includes Gold Leaf, textured Damask walls, ornate, hand-piped table tops and bars and Holographic artwork. "It's got a bold and beautiful ceiling. We applied a cream lusterstone and a 15 ft custom-designed, Italian inspired modello design to accentuate the existing architectural interest of the dome. We used champagne colored Lustersuede was used on the walls to create a very delicate and luxurious wall finish."
SEI opens next week, in time for Inaugural festivities.
"I believe that color affects us in ways we're not even conscious of most of the time," O'Neill said. "People react to and experience color much like music. It is a language of felt experience, memory and emotion. I paint quickly with layers of colors that push or move me. I can tell that one of my paintings is finished when I stand back and squint my eyes. If all the colors work with or even against each other to keep my eyes  searching  for the next 'great moment' then I know I've created a playground for the eyes.

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