No.8 Urquart St Northcote (Edmund House)
Chris O’Brien is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Utilising a myriad of mediums, he is predominantly concerned with representing domestic dwellings with personal, domestic narratives. He crafts houses in varying states of decrepitude, anthropomorphising them with names such as ‘Edmund’, and populating them with stories involving thieves, ghosts and animals. His source material includes real estate brochures, photos, Google Earth maps, architectural plans as well as pure conjecture. Most recently O'Brien presented a collection of soft sculpture cacti, which were displayed as a window installation at our 2016 Annual Gala. Chris O’Brien (born 1981) has been a studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 2002 and presented his solo exhibition ‘Marjorie Street’ at Arts Project Australia in 2007. He has been involved in many collaborations and group exhibitions including Third/Fourth, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2013), Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne (2006, 2008 & 2010) and Pearls of Arts Project Australia: The Stuart Purves Collection, National touring exhibition (2007-2009). His work is held in private collections throughout Australia.