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Norman R. O'Brien's grandson
My grandfather Norman was an amazing artist. I have some of his works and some unreleased paintings that he didn't think were quite right but they are beautiful also. My grandmother Diana Hope passed in 2009 and they were interred at a Veterans Memorial. Norman had a stellar military career and earned a beautiful spot, they are missed. I welcome any correspondence about Norman or my father, Garie's artwork.
G P Garda
Norman R. O'Brien, Artist
We've collected his paintings since the '70s and visited his gallery in Rockport, MA many times. After he moved to Sterling,CO, we continued to correspond with Norman and his wife, Hope, until about 1980. He would write us back and include photos of his newest paintings. We have a total of 8 in our collection, painted both pre- and post his first stroke, identified only by the visible change in his signature on the paintings.
We will always feel his warmth and love of painting, when we admire our Norman O'Briens!
To quote an interview he did back in 1980, he said:
"My work carries no heavy message - I leave that to the writers. My only message is the hope that my viewers enjoy it. My main objective is to paint the personality and character of these structures aged by the elements and time. I strive to keep my work simple in these complicated times. I leave room for you to step in and roam freely without stumbling, and to feel the warmth and the love that I have for these buildings. These old places are slowly disappearing and I hope that in my work I have preserved a part of the land."
Norman O'brien Oil
I own an oil of a back alley in Boston signed Norman O'Brien. Is this the same artist?
I wouold appreciate any comments regarding artist or information about location of paintings.