Ian O’Brien


Ian O'Brien was born in Forth Worth, Texas in 1979.  In 2003 Ian received a double major in Painting and Visual Art Studies from the University of North Texas (UNT) were he focused on drawing and watercolor.  In 2008 Ian completed his MFA with a focusing in mixed media installation at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Ian teachers Art Appreciation at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX (2009), Drawing at UTSA (2007-09), and has taught sketching in the galleries at both the McNay Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). 

Recently, Ian has given lectures at Metaforta School of Art in Barcelona (2007), the Texas Art Education Association's Annual Conference (2006), and taught workshops at both the Dallas Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX.

Grip River Science and History Museum
This installation looks at both the invented history of Grip River and my own personal
history. I find that my memories from childhood have been taken out of context as I have
grown into an adult. I now find myself looking at the games I played and fantastic
worlds that I created in my youth with the eye of an amateur archaeologist. Drawing on
social anthropology, the role of the museum, academia, and art I try to recreate my past
and give you the viewer a guided tour.
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