Born in San Francisco, CA on Sept. 25, 1877. After graduating from Polytechnic High School, O'Brien studied art and design at UC Berkeley (1897-98). During a tour of Europe (1911-14) he painted 30 landscapes and 12 figure works; the remainder of his work was done in New England, San Francisco, and Mill Valley, CA. O'Brien died in San Francisco on Sept. 27, 1919. Exh: PPIE, 1915; Stanford University, 1922 (memorial); Calif. Industries Expo (San Diego), 1926; CPLH, 1927. In: Shasta State Park.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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