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Christine O'Brien

visual art

GALLERY | Painting | Photography | installation

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Christine O'Brien has been creating visual art works since graduating from art college in 1985. The work is inspired by our natural environment and changing seasons.

Boundary lines that separate, link, divide, protect or connect people and places are central themes in my work. Since childhood I have thought of hedges as remnants of ancient forests; as pathways - sheltering wildlife and connecting tracts of woodlands. They reveal glimpses of places to explore - between and beyond. The changing colours of nature and their impact on our subconscious are important.

Within our creativity the boundary lines connect 'between' or 'around' individual and collective cultural identities; offering glimpses of other states of being, perceptions and ways of seeing.

Facilitated creative workshops, installation and collaborative work reflect the ethos of the 'slow movement' - supporting creativity, valuing local cultural and natural heritage and exploring new ways of promoting natural and sustainable development. Christine exhibits with 20ten.


Latest NEWS :

Culture Night - Open Studio - September 2017 - 19 Lombard Street. 5.30 - 8.30pm Culture Night.

Gallery 20ten will continue at 18a lombard Street to Spring 2018


GROUP Exhibitions

2017 | Genius Loci | Gallery 20ten | Imagine Arts Festival | 4th October to November 11th
Exhibition of paintings, sculpture, prints and photography inspired by Spirit of Place. Work by Pat Carri, Darragh Lyons, Pat McArdle, Christine O'Brien, Conor Rush, Milia T Maddock and Beata Zakrzewska.


Solo Exhibitions

2015: Taking Leave, Solo exhibition, Sonic Dreams, Soma Contemporary Gallery.


Curatorial work

2016->on-going : Co-curator, Gallery 20ten, 18a, Lombard Street Waterford. more info on Culture Fox


Publications

2016: The Joy of Painting in Watercolour, Co-author Jack O'Hare more info via Culture Fox


Recent Arts Facilitation

2018: Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre Classes restart January 2018 - visitors welcome... more info ->
2017: Creative Workshops, Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre, Co. Waterford.
2016: 30 years / Artists / Places, guest workshop facilitator, Greyfriars Gallery.
2015: Art Workshop at Ambiosonic Festival, Forêt des Maures, Provence, France, June


Recent Collaborations

2016: The Joy of Painting in Watercolour, with Jack O'Hare
2015: Re-imagining Beckett with Animated State Dance Theatre Company, City Hall, Waterford
2015: Invited Response: Artist Talk - Culture Night | 'Recent Acquisitions + Abstract & Contemporary Works' from the Waterford Municipal Art Collection, Greyfriars Gallery
2014: Slow Art Day - Greyfriars Municipal Art Gallery, Waterford | April 12th | A global event is run by volunteers. The aim is to facilitate engagement with art in a new way - ‘if you look slowly, your experience will be transformed.’ Over 160 galleries around the world have signed up so far over.


SCG logoArtist RESIDENCY :

Imbolc to Bealtaine 2014 - artist-in-residence - SOMA Contemporary Gallery Waterford

February to May - Working on an art installation as part of the continuing weave series of works, and delighted to have to space to work with materials grown and harvested from our own garden. An installation inspired by the 2012 oil on canvas ‘Nine Nests’ created in response to the National Bealtaine Festival, and part of the 'Weave - Boundaryline' series of works.


Recent Awards/ grants

2017-18: Waterford City & County Council Transition Year Arts Participation Programme
2016: Waterford Council Publishing grant re collaborative project with Jack O'Hare
2016: Waterford City & County Council Transition Year Arts Participation Programme.


landscape : habitat earth : sky contour : line colour : light
  • Landscapes record the passage of time, the presence of man
  • Hedgerows mark boundaries and common ground
  • Horizon: a boundary between the seen & unseen; real & imagined
abstract landscape... echo of memory...
visual reminder of nature's colour ...
places visited ... journeys made...

Nine Nests at Soma Contemporary Gallery cobs
nest installation-the-quay_waterford_cobs
Nine Nests detail cobs 2014
Origin oil on canvas 2012 cobs
remnant cobs
Evening Light - oil on canvas nov 2011
winter solstice 2007

Nine Nests, installation at Soma Contemporary Gallery, 2014 | Nine Nests installation detail, 2014 | Origin, oil on canvas, 2012 | the same But Different, installation, 2012 | Evening Light, oil on canvas, 2011 | winter solstice, photographic print, '07
© Christine O'Brien 2006- 2017 | all images, paintings, photographs © Christine O'Brien