EDWARD O’BRIEN – MURAL ARTIST
By Peter E. Lopez
The early Twentieth Century brought into America many generations of artists, writers, inventors and seekers of wealth who were born of immigrants from Europe. One of the great mural painters was born to first generation Irish parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His name was Edward O’Brien. Little is known about where we can see his earlier work. What we do know is that he left behind six mural masterpieces that were completed between 1960 and 1975. Four murals were painted in New Mexico, one in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, at the St. Benedict’s Abbey and another at the Catholic Parish off St. Pius V in Chicago, Illinois.
Edward O’Brien’s work reflects his study of the Old Masters and their technique of capturing light and expression. His murals depict the artist’s fascination with history and religion expressed through an eclectic mixture of landscapes, portraits and architecture. The murals reflect an influence of the great mural Mexican artists of the 1920′s.
Peter E. Lopez has channeled his inspiration from Edward O’Brien’s art and created a collector’s edition of Edward O’Brien’s mural art work.
Publisher: Sunstone Press, Santa Fe NM.
Books available also from: The Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe NM; Op.Cit Books, Santa Fe NM; Tome on the Range, Las Vegas NM; Bookworks, Albuquerque NM; Moby Dickens Bookshop, Taos NM; and Amazon.com.
For a signed book by the author Peter E. Lopez: Send a check for $28 to the author at P.O. Box 183, Montezuma, NM 87731.