The neomodernist artist Eugene O’Brien was born in 1968 in Cashel, County Tipperary in the heart of Ireland. He received no formal training as an artist and is completely self-trained. His paintings have been described as ’an invitation to the audience to engage with his figures on a moral, spiritual and emotional level. His compositions blend the subject of each painting into their environment, while in the process creating a foreboding sense of psychological tension. What could be said about all of O'Brien’s subjects is that they inhabit an eerie locale, a place most suitable for a fallen humanity.
He has also painted a series of abstract studies of natural light as he believes that his strong rural upbringing created a firm respect for the ethereal qualities of nature. These paintings represent a striving to reconcile the inner dimensions of instinct and emotion, with an external world which can be at times overwhelming in its natural splendour. He has attempted to map that special place where both of these worlds meet. These paintings are also a study of the struggle between multifarious emotions and feelings: those necessary though overwhelming emotions which can often undermine our spiritual cohesion, though at the same time being able to embolden us with renewed vitality and respect for life.
Each painting is created using multiple layers before completion to create areas of transparent luminosity.The translucent layers of paint contrast soft, sweeping, ethereal plains with areas of bolder, hard-edged brush strokes. This interplay is meant to express this divergence, thereby creating a timeless, dream world hovering close to reality.
He has exhibited at the following galleries in Ireland:
The Green Gallery, Dublin
Whitelady Art Gallery, Dublin
Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin
Visitors Centre, Cashel