William J. O'Brien
Untitled, 2016
Colored pencil on paper
60 x 65 inches

William J. O'Brien
Untitled, 2016
Colored pencil on paper
60 x 65 inches

Biography

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.