Born in Cork, Ireland on April 21, 1868. Upon graduation from Stanislaus College in 1887, O'Brien came to San Francisco where he established a home at 2032 Baker. He studied art locally at the School of Design and continued in Paris with André Lhote. Upon returning to San Francisco, he had a studio at 110 Sutter. Using small brushstrokes and a colorful palette, he painted coastals and landscapes of the San Francisco Bay area. An Impressionist, O'Brien's works were considered avant garde at the turn of the century. He died in San Francisco on July 9, 1952. Exh: SFAA, 1923-32; San Diego FA Gallery, 1927; Stanford University, 1928; Beaux Arts Club (SF), 1920s; Calif. Society of Etchers, 1930 (prize). In: Shasta State Park.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"American Art Annual
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