“Painting is like getting on a bus and not getting off until it takes you somewhere you’ve never been before,” says Brian O’Leary, a painter whose style has shifted radically over the past 20 years. Between the 1980s and 2000, O’Leary’s paintings prominently featured figurative and religious motifs, and disjointed, apocalyptic landscapes. Since then, his paintings have been characterized by geometric abstraction and the use of multiple square panels, with an emphasis on symmetry and pattern. He has also incorporated non-traditional materials—like tar and string—into his oil paintings. O’Leary is the former student and studio assistant of Roy Lichtenstein, as well as the former assistant of Julian Schnabel.