Patrick O’Brien’s striking paintings capture the glory and grandeur of the Age of Sail. His work gained widespread attention in 2010 when the U.S. Naval Academy Museum mounted an exhibition entitled “The Maritime Art of Patrick O’Brien” featuring 28 oil paintings by the artist. Collectors of O’Brien’s work from across the country were proud to loan their artwork for this special event.
O’Brien was a draftsman in a naval architecture firm before becoming an artist. Since 1995, he has worked as an illustrator and painter. His clients include: National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and the Smithsonian. His artwork has appeared in magazines and newspapers, on posters and greeting cards, and even on billboards. In addition, O’Brien is the author and illustrator of 12 picture books for children.
In 2003, O’Brien entered the marine art field. His first entry into the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s Annual International Art Exhibition won an Award of Excellence and in 2010 he won the Museum Purchase Award, where Mystic Seaport purchased his painting “The Great White Fleet” for their permanent collection. The Maritime Gallery has also featured his work on the covers of their catalog for the International Marine Art Exhibition and its annual spring exhibition, Modern Marine Masters.
O’Brien’s paintings have been used four times on the cover of Naval History magazine, which is published by the U.S. Naval Institute, and he was the subject of a four-page cover article in Sea History magazine, published by the National Maritime Historical Society. He has delivered lectures about his work at various maritime venues, and in 2008, a production team making a documentary for the History Channel, filmed him working in his studio. O’Brien lives in Baltimore, Maryland.