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William J O’Brien

Born 1975, USA.

William J. O’Brien studied for his BA in Studio Art at Loyola University Chicago then went on to study for an MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. He has exhibited widely across the USA and Europe and had a solo show at The Renaissance Society in Chicago in 2011. His work is in a number of public institutions including the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.

O’Brien is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, ceramic objects, painting, assemblage and photography. His creative process is an intuitive one, reflecting the free spirited individual and original artist that he is. O’Brien’s visual influences come from a wide range of sources that include architecture, design, Abstract Expressionist painting, Op Art, geometric abstraction, Navajo textiles, and modernist painting.

His sculptures are striking and varied, it seems he can work in any medium and push the boundaries of traditional techniques. His recent sculptures featured vessels, heads, abstract structures, glazed and partly ceramics, raw clay, clay and wood, conceptual pieces using carpet and Perspex boxes etc. O’Brien demonstrates the confidence and vision to work with any material across a variety of disciplines with the result being sculpture that is sometimes chaotic other times structured or even minimal, both serious and playful and highly original.

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