AMBruno Artists: Maureen O'Brien

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Maureen O'Brien


It is my intention to construct small art works, usually not exceeding 21 x 30 cm, in a variety of hand-produced book formats: concertina, loose-leaf, three-dimensional, bound, boxed. The books are limited editions and there is likely to be some variety within the edition. The books are intended to be an alternative to mass-produced printed books. In most cases they are portable and can be read as books, hung or displayed as freestanding artworks. The content of the books is related to ideas and concepts that concern me and reflect aspects of my artwork practices. Images, colour, sculptural quality are of prime importance and printed text is sometimes included. My methods of production are varied and include painting, graphics, collaged materials and photography. The book covers are made by hand, as are the books.

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien is a painter and collagist who is fine art trained with an MA from Central Saint Martins. Her work is essentially based on responses to the environments she encounters on a daily basis. She is particularly interested in observing and interpreting visual form in towns whether structural or that which can be found in the small found objects or the detritus of the urban street. As well as making books, she works in a variety of media including collage, photography, drawing, painting and three-dimensional forms.

All Ways Blue by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, All Ways Blue (2011)
19 x 120cm. Edition of 6.

A concertina book/wall hanging. All Ways
is part of AMBruno's Blue collection.

All Ways Blue by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien
All Ways Blue (2011)

Street by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, Street (2012)
20 x 20cm. Edition of 6.

A one fold book which uses four sides to evoke a sense of the
street, its composition, atmosphere and textures. Street is part of
AMBruno's One-Fold Books collection.

City Fragments by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, City Fragments (2010)
Paper collage, acrylic paint and text.
21 x 30cm. Edition of 1, plus 9 printed signed

Geometric abstract images evocative of
modern city landscapes with poetry
fragments suggesting some thoughts when
wandering through urban streets.

City Abstracts by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, City Abstracts
(March 2011) 1 original,
plus 3 laser prints. Box 30 x 40cm.

Concertina book (in box) of 20 abstract city
images made with collaged coloured light

The Woods by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, The Woods (2009)

Concertina book with mounted images of 6
tangled woodscapes. Images are based on
mixed media monoprints, with additional
collage materials of fragments found
in the woods.

The Woods by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, The Woods (2009)
2 x 32cm. Edition of 1, plus 2 printed copies.

'And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods.'

A Box of Shadows by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, A Box of Shadows (2010)

A box of 25 urban fragment photographs with
shadows in toned-down colour printed on
artcard. Some quotations from T. S. Eliot.

A Box of Shadows by Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien, A Box of Shadows (2010)
12 x 17cm. Edition of 2.

'Between the conception and the creation
... falls the shadow.'

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