William J. O'Brien

Selected works by William J. O'Brien

William J. O'Brien
Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate


String, carpet, wood and mixed media

135.9 x 53.3 x 48.3 cm
William J. O'Brien
Vivisection (and detail)


String, carpet, glue, found objects and mixed media

146.1 x 72.4 x 59.7 cm

William J. O'Brien's Biography

William J. O'Brien
Born in 1975, Eastlake, Ohio
Lives and works in Chicago, USA


Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Boesky East, The Protectors, New York, NY

Shane Campbell Gallery,Chicago, IL,
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI,

Tokyo, Taka Ishi Gallery, William J. O’Brien: Water Sounds
Chicago, Shane Campbell Gallery, Six Circles : Four Squares
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Naomi Beckwith, accompanying monograph
Paris, Almine Rech Gallery, The Lovers

New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Wet 'N Wild

Overland Park, KS, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Cleveland, Ohio, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Works on Paper
Chicago, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

Oak Park, IL, Shane Campbell Gallery

New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery
Detroit, Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Miami, World Class Boxing, Death Rattle

The Axis Mundi, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

When Your Heart Is on Fire, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Locust Projects, Miami

12 x 12, New Artists, New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
A Fairy Tale, Curated by Jose Diaz and Nina Arias, Ingalls and Associates, Miami


San Francisco, CA, Berggruen Gallery, Berggruen @ Minnesota Street
Berlin, Germany, Peres Projects, Wild Style: Exhibition of Figurative Art
DeKalb, IL, Northern Illinois University, Pattern and Process, curated by Nina Rizzo and Steven Ciampaglia

Brooklyn, NY, Bannerette Gallery, I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work, curated by Austin Eddy
Ferndale, MI, Susan Hilberry Gallery, THIRTY NINE YEARS / Memorial for Susan Feld
Chicago, IL, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Surrealism: The Conjured Life
Los Angeles, CA, Cherry and Martin, Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better
Sun Valley, ID, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Defying Gravity: Inventions in Clay
New York, NY, Invisible Exports, SOFT CORE
London, UK, Alison Jacques Gallery, Organic Sculpture

New York, The Drawing Center, Thread Lines

New York, Loretta Howard Gallery, "DNA: Strands of Abstraction, curated by Paul Sinclaire

Kenosha, WI, The H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College, All Good Things Become Wild and Free, curated by Danny Orendorff
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today
Los Angeles, Acme, Someone Puts a Pineapple Together

Milwaukee, WI, The Green Gallery, Painted, curated by Tyson Reeder
Santurce, Puerto Rico, Espacio 1414, Painting…Expanded
Cleveland, OH, SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art, Works on Paper New York, Lisa Cooley Gallery
Josh Faught and William J. O’Brien Rotterdam, Witte de With

Miami, David Castillo Gallery, The Maginot Line
Chicaco, Loyola University Museum of Art, New Icon
Miami, World Class Boxing space of the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Mystic Visage, curated by Desiree Cronk
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, At Home/Not at Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg
New York, Gallery MC, L’AUR’AMARA, Curated by Bustos Domenech, December 2 - 3, 2010, Travels to Paris, Générale en Manufacture, April 2011; Milan, Centro Ricerche Accademia di Brera ex Chiesa di S.Carpoforo (CRAB)

New York, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, In Stitches, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody,
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Selected Works from the MCA Collection
Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, An Expanded Field of Possibilities

Aspen, CO, Aspen Art Museum, Now You See It
New York, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Base:Object
Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger, Andy Coolquitt, Frank Haines, William J. O'Brien
New York, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Jesuvian Process

William J. O’Brien/Anthony Pearson, Project Space, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramic, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Sonotube® Forms: Contemporary Art and Transport, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Jesse Chapman, Aliza Nisenbaum, William J. O’Brien, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
So Wrong, I’m Right, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

Modern Primitivism, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Josh Mannis, Eric Lebofsky, William J. O’Brien, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
MIXART, The James Hotel, Chicago, IL
Pathetisize, Curated by Alex May, Open End Gallery, Chicago, IL
Champagne, Curated by Jose Diaz, Nina Menocal Projects, Mexico City, MX
Cluster, Curated by Katie Holten, Participant, Inc, New York

Certain People I Know, Curated by Tommy Everett, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York
We Created a Monster, Curated by Frederick Janka, Nina Menocal Projects for Art Basel, Miami, FL
CoDependent, Curated by Gean Moreno, The Living Room for Art Basel, Miami, FL
Winter Group Show, Curated by Steph Pavone, Booster and Seven, Chicago, IL
Eagle Hand’s Moon and The Orange Savior, The Church of the Friendly Ghost, Austin, TX
Summer Group Show, Curated by Steph Pavone, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Bilingual, Curated by Tracy Taylor, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Drawn Out, Curated by Tracy Taylor, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
In Print2: Diamonds on Archer, Chicago, IL
Macerate, Curated by Currency Exchange, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, IL
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Stygine’s Creek, Video Screening Curated by Ruba Katrib, Three-Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL
Take My Hand, Curated by Ruba Katrib (Traveling), Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Appropriating Feminist Strategies, Gallery 1926, Chicago, IL
Take My Hand, Curated by Ruba Katrib, Three-Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artist Space, New York
Click Formation, Open End Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Pilot Conference, Symbology Bathroom, Chicago, IL
The Affair, Jupiter Hotel, The Fresh-Up Club, Portland, OR
Identity Crisis, Marshall Arts @ Delta Axis, Memphis, TN
Art Poster Show, Objex Artspace, Miami, FL
G2 Group Show, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Abracadabra, Rocket Projects, Miami, FL
3 on 3, 3 Straight Artists Curate 3 Gay Artists, Higher Gallery, Chicago, IL
Eric Lebofsky, Josh Mannis, William O’Brien, 1/Quarterly Space, Chicago, IL
Art Mule, The Stray Show, Chicago, IL
Small Victories, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, Chicago, IL

La Superrette, Deitch Projects, Participant, Inc., New York
100% Cotton, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
White Haute, Shaff Gallery, Chicago, IL

Annual Members Show, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
Out and About, Benefit Invitation Group Show, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Thesis Show, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL