Seamus Liam O’Brien is a fine artist, illustrator, and sign painter based in Brooklyn, New York. His artwork, which has been exhibited throughout the United States, is inspired by his life experiences in the theater, and he often times incorporates these elements into his own paintings, drawings, installations, and performances.
Mr. O’Brien spent his formative years performing with his family in circuses throughout the United States, including the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus. When his family retired from the stage and settled in Central Florida, Liam continued to perform, but this time as a costumed character at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. For over ten years Mr. O’Brien worked as a scenic artist and has painted sets and backdrops for various amusement parks, retail stores, and theaters. Select projects include: M&M Museum, Jurassic Park River Ride at Universal Studio's Florida, Houston Grand Opera, and Bergdorf Goodman.
Since arriving in New York Liam has travelled the world working with fine artists as a production manager. Artists include: Takashi Murakami, Mickalene Thomas, and Michael Riedel.
Born in Winter Park, Florida, Mr. O’Brien received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Drawing from The University of Florida, and his Master of Fine Art degree in Printmaking from The Ohio State University.
My artwork objectifies the lifelike facades and childlike ambiance reflected in popular entertainment institutions. My experiences in the circus and scenic arts, businesses that specialize in the cultivation of staged 'realities,' has left me with a mixed sense of apprehension and affection. These facades, in some respects... are my reality.
My work highlights this entangled affiliation with faux authenticity and reflects upon the psychology that these exaggerated experiences provide.
b. 1975, Winter Park, FL
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY