Warren O’Brien’s abstract images reflect the rhythm and repetition of his process. The layering of rich, radiant colours affords the work depth and texture, while the free brush work and dripped paint brings to mind the spontaneous style of abstract expressionism. O’Brien’s use of the repeated arc motif based on the architectural form of the arched window is magnetic in effect, drawing attention to the many complex layers.
His recent works demonstrate a shift in his practice and process, revealing further complexity and detail. Luminous layers of ink and reflective metallic paint resonate with the concept of the window, and the dense application of a more adventurous colour palette move the works deeper into abstraction.
Warren O’Brien (born 1974) has worked at the Arts Project Australia studio since 2005. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne (2010, 2012 & 2014), Linden Postcard Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2010) and Turning the Page, Gallery 101, Ontario, Canada (2014). His work is held in private collections throughout Australia. This is Warren’s first solo exhibition.
Exhibition: 27 July – 14 September 2019
Opening: Satruday 27 July, 3-5pm
Opening speaker: Varia Karipoff, Print Editor, Art Guide Australia
Coinciding with this exhibition is the group show I Think I Split My Tongue, which considers the unique role of language in the work of Arts Project studio artists.
This exhibition is supported by Leonard Joel and Art Guide Australia.
Image | Warren O’Brien, Not titled, 2018, acrylic on paper, 38 x 56 cm.