Tom O'Brien

About

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Education

1998 - 2002 The Fine Arts Academy

 

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Publications

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I have been painting since childhood.  The evolution of my painting spans from the figurative to my present work in the Abstract Expressionist tradition. 

 

The main focus of my work deals with large-scale oil and wax medium paintings in which bold gestural strokes interact to define space in an expressionist context.  Colors pull apart and invite the viewer’s imagination to see possibilities for multiple solutions. 

My paintings are inspired by the dressing table and the conversations that take place during these transformations as well as the reflections in the looking glass.  Within the activity of the paint, the viewer can formulate an individual vision of the painted world.

 

EXHIBITIONS

       

        Grotto Gallery/ Sports Basement

Open Studio, San Francisco

(participation in this annual event for 7 years)

American Zeyphr Gallery, San Francisco

Rorick Gallery, San Francisco

Watermark Gallery, San Francisco

Hokkaido Design, San Francisco

Open Studio Juried Exhibition, San Francisco

Kester Gallery, San Francisco

Mendocino Art Association, Mendocino

William Stone Gallery, San Francisco

Helder Studio, San Francisco

 

PUBLICATIONS

California Home and Gardens

“Studio Tours Showcase Where Art is Going”, Oakland Tribune

“From Abroad”, Toshiyasu Ohi, bijitsu Techno, Japan

“Local Artists Opening Their Studios Again”, San Francisco Chronicle

“100 SF Artists Opening Their Studios”, San Francisco Chronicle

 

WORKS IN PRIVATE AND CORORATE COLLECTIONS IN:

California; Florida; Illinois; Maryland; Toronto, Canada; London, England; and Hokkaido, Japan.

 

RELATED ACTIVITES

KPFA Radio Panel discussion of Open Studio

S.F. Business Times re: Artists fighting housing woes.