William J. O'Brien, ‘Untitled’, 2016, Marianne Boesky Gallery
William J. O'Brien, ‘Untitled’, 2016, Marianne Boesky Gallery

About William J. O'Brien

In a diverse practice that comprises painting, sculpture, drawing, and installation, William J. O'Brien combines intuitive gestural marks with repetition and grid structure to create a tension between order and chaos. His ceramic objects—part vessel, part body and part abstract form—are arranged in tabletop installations and also become models for his drawings. Vibrant triangles, circles, aggressive loops and marks create a compelling sense of chaos. Crazed faces, reminiscent of Willem de Kooning’s Women paintings, emerge from the densely layered images.

American, b. 1975, Cleveland, Ohio, based in Chicago, Illinois

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
William J. O'Brien: The Protectors, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Shane Campbell Gallery at Frieze New York 2015
2014
Shane Campbell Gallery at NADA Miami Beach 2014
2013
Shane Campbell Gallery at NADA Miami Beach 2013