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John OBrien

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John OBrien
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I work as an artist in sculpture (studio and public art), installation and drawing. In my ongoing work, I create new and site specific artwork for gallery/project exhibitions. In terms of public art commissions, I have completed public art features at the Mar Vista Branch and Westwood Branch Libraries, at Sepulveda Park West, at the L.A. Riverfront Park, at the Lorcan O’Herlihy Habitat 825 building and at the MTA Central Valley Balboa Station in Los Angeles, as well as the Reverend Toriumi Plaza in downtown LA. I have degrees in studio art (MFA) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, with an emphasis in 3D work and degrees (AA.BB.) from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Rome, (Magistero) the Istituto Statale D’Arte di Urbino, Urbino and (Master Printer) the Calcografia Nazionale (National Etching Institute), Rome Italy for drawing and printmaking. Aside from my own work as an artist and educator, I have been involved in curating, art writing and art event organizing. I have written about the arts consistently since 1985. These tasks range from curating exhibitions at a local and international level, to being on the exhibition committee for various non for profit organizations, to directing long term project spaces that create venues for new and experimental art forms. I consider these activities to be an important part of my overall participation in the arts.