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Seamus L O'Brien
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: My artwork objectifies the lifelike facades and theatrical ambiance reflected in my career and incorporates classic circus midway aesthetics as a way to link these experiences to my family’s history. As a child, I spent the formative years of my life performing with my family on various circuses throughout the U.S., including the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus. Bright lights, colorful costumes, candy colored balloons and cotton candy were all a part of our daily lives. When my parents decided to retire from show business and settle down in Central Florida, I continued performing on stage, but this time as a costumed character at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The show must go on! For over ten years I worked as a scenic artist and painted backdrops and set pieces for amusement parks, retail stores, and stage shows. This progression continued when I moved to NYC and worked as a production manager for many world-renowned fine artists. My experiences in businesses that specialize in the fabrication of staged realities have left me with a mixed sense of apprehension and affection. Yes, these experiences are theatrical façades, but on the other hand, they feel natural to me, like being at home… My artwork highlights my entangled affiliation with the theater (where art imitates life) and reflects upon the psychology that these exaggerated experiences provide.
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  • Great Presentation of Marvelous Curiosities
    2015
    Acrylic paint on canvas

  • Drum Roll Please...
    2013
    Acrylic paint on canvas   3 x 6'

  • Half Empty, Half Full
    2014
    Latex/Enamel paint on masonite

  • The Qualitative Characterization of Verisimilitude
    2014
    Acrylic paint on canvas

  • So sweet, so delicious
    2017
    Mixed Media

  • Cotton Candy sign
    2017
    Acrylic paint on board

  • What a Treat!
    2014
    Mixed media

  • Joined by Nature; Real + True
    2015
    Acrylic paint on paper

  • Here it comes hippity hoppity (Where All Your Dreams Will Come True!!!)
    2011
    Acrylic Paint on canvas   84" x 84"

  • Colorful Balloons and Bright Confetti
    2010
    Acrylic Paint on front and back of canvas   84" x 84"

  • Banner Installation
    2012
    Acrylic paint on canvas   variable
    Banner installation for the group exhibition, "Plastic!" at Salem Art Works (Salem, NY)

  • One Night Only
    2009
    Acrylic Paint on front and back of canvas   84" x 84"

  • The Greatest Sensational Mystery
    2014
    Acrylic Paint on canvas

  • Pop, Bang, Win!
    2014
    Enamel paint on board, framed digital prints

  • Winner Every Time!
    2014
    Acrylic and enamel paint on 10" x 10" wood panels

  • The Game of...
    2013
    Acrylic paint on paper   12 x 12"

  • A Great Achievement in Clean Amusement
    2014
    Acrylic and enamel paint on paper

  • Happiness Installation
    2004
    Dry pastel on paper   variable

  • Happiness Installation
    2004
    Dry Pastel on paper   variable
 








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