About

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Born 1954, in Rochester, NY, Robert O’Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for over forty years. Since moving to Vermont in 1977, he has focused his work on landscape and architectural studies. Vermont, with its distinct four season climate, provides the artist with a wealth of subject matter and ever changing light effects.

The artist finds beauty in the ordinary, subtle reminders of everyday life in rural New England. In his own words, he is driven “to capture the vanishing landscape in my paintings” before they disappear forever as a result of the steady hand of “progress”.

Since 1998, Robert O’Brien has traveled often to Southern France. The region’s sun-splashed landscape and timeless quality of light has added a new dimension to the artist’s paintings.

 

Medium and Subject

Watercolorist. A traditional painter of landscape, architectural studies and more. Studied with James Whatford, Tony Couch, and Marshall Joyce,  NA  AWS

 

Education

Fredonia State College

S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo B.A. 1977

 

Memberships

Academic Artists Association

American Watercolor Society

Central New York Watercolor Society

National Watercolor Society

New England Watercolor Society

North East Watercolor Society

Vermont Watercolor Society

Missouri Watercolor Society

 

Awards and Exhibitions

2017- 150th Anniversary International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY.  Selected for the Travel Exhibition.

2016- The Moosewalk Gallery Award: Vermont Watercolor Society’s Juried Fall Exhibition, Lebanon, NH

2016- The Image Resolutions Award: New England Watercolor Society’s 15th Biennial North American Open Show, Gloucester, MA

2016 – The Arthur E. Baker Jr. Award: 35th Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY

2016 – Watercolor Honor Award: 66th Academic Artists Association National Exhibition, Vernon, CT

2016 – 149th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2016 – Silver Medal: New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Signature Members Exhibition, Boston, MA

2015 – Richard Ochs Watercolors Award: 39th Annual International Exhibition of the North East Watercolor Society, Kent, CT

2015 – Juror’s Award: Vermont Watercolor Society’s Juried Members Exhibition, Meriden, NH

2015 – Bradley C. Barnard Award: 34th Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY

2015 – 148th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

2014 – Canson Excellence in Arts Award: North East Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual International Exhibition, Kent, CT

2014 – Cheap Joe’s Award: New England Watercolor Society’s 14th Biennial North American Open Show, Plymouth, MA

2014 – Juror’s Award: 2014 Vermont Watercolor Society’s Juried Members Exhibition, Grafton, VT

2014 – Old Forge Hardware Award: 33rd Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY

2014 – 147th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, New York, NY

2014 – Watercolor Honor Award: 64th Academic Artists Association National Exhibition, Vernon, CT

2014 – Silver Medal: New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Member Exhibition, Boston, MA

2013 – Best in Show: New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Regional Exhibition, Plymouth, MA

2013 – Best in Show:  2nd Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, Waitsfield VT

2013 – Academic Artists Award:  63rd Academic Artists Association National Exhibition, Vernon CT

2013 – Lolly Shaver Memorial Award for Best Floral: 81st Annual Hudson Valley Art Association Exhibition, Lyme CT

2013 – Honorable Mention: New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Signature Members Exhibition, Boston MA

2012 – Gold Medal: New England Watercolor Society’s Spring Juried Signature Members Exhibition, Boston, MA

2012 – 145th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, New York, NY

2011 – John R. Alford Jr. Award of Excellence: 5th Annual Exhibition at Grafton, Grafton VT

2011 – Award of Excellence: 3rd Vermont Watercolor Society Juried Summer Exhibition, Grafton, VT

2011 – The Viginia Avery Award: New England Watercolor Society’s Spring Signature Members Show, Boston, MA

2011 – Honorable Mention: 61st Academic Artists National Exhibition, Springfield, MA

2010 – The North Shore Art Association Award: New England Watercolor Society’s Spring Signature Member’s show, Boston, MA

2009 – The Sharon A. Thomas Memorial Award for Transparent Watercolor: 33rd Annual North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Kent, Ct.

2009 – Philadelphia Watercolor Society Award: 89th Annual Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society, Brea, California

2009 – Watercolor Honor Award: 59th Academic Artists National Exhibition, Springfield, MA

2008 – The Bradley C. Barnard Award: 27th Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge NY

2008 – Silver Medal:  New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Winter Exhibition, Boston, MA

2007 – Watercolor West Award:  87th National Watercolor Society Exhibition, Brea, California

2007 – Honorable Mention: 57th Academic Artists National Exhibition, Springfield, MA

2006 – 86th National Watercolor Society Exhibition, Fullerton,California

2006 – 139th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, New York NY

2006 – Juror’s Choice Award: 56th Academic Artists National Exhibition, Springfield, MA

2006 – Silver Medal: New England Watercolor Society juried show at the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA

2005 – Guerilla Painter Award: North East Watercolor Society 29th Annual Exhibition, Kent, CT

2005 – George Sponable Memorial Award:  24th Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors

2005 – Fran Scully Award:  Academic Artists Association 55th Annual Exhibit, Springfield, MA

2004 – North East Watercolor Society, 28th Annual Exhibition, Kent, CT

2004 – Watercolor Honor Award: 54th Annual Exhibition of the Academic Arts Association, Springfield MA

2003 – North East Watercolor Society, 27th Annual Exhibition, Kent, CT

2003 – 72nd Hudson Valley Artists Association Annual Exhibition, NY

2003 – 136th International Exhibit of the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club New York, NY. Selected for travel exhibition.

2003 – Guild of Boston Artist Award: New England Watercolor Society juried show, Boston MA.

2002 – 8th Biannual North American Open Exhibition, sponsored by the New England Watercolor Society, Concord, MA.

2002 – Kent Day Coes Memorial Award: 71st Hudson Valley Art Association Annual Exhibition, NY.

2001 – 20th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY. Selected For Travel Exhibit

2001 – American Watercolor Society 134th Annual International Exhibition, New York, NY

2001 – Northeast Watercolor Society National juried Exhibition

2001 – The Daler Rowney U.S.A. Award: 51st Annual Exhibition of the Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA

2000-2007 – New England Watercolor Society Juried Show at Guild of Boston Artists

2000 – 7th Annual Equinox Art Exhibition, Manchester, VT – Second Place Award

1999 – New England Watercolor Society juried show at Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA

1998 – New England Watercolor Society juried show at Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

1998 – 17th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY

1997 – New England Watercolor Society juried show at Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, RI

1996-1997 – Northeast Watercolor Society National juried Exhibition

1996 – 5th North America Open Exhibition sponsored by the New England Watercolor Society, Boston, MA

1996 – Solo Exhibition at Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT

1996 – Watercolor Honor Award: Academic Artists 46th Annual Exhibition

1995 – Academic Artists 45th Annual Exhibition

 

 

Peony and Chives

 

Represented by:

 

Powers Gallery, Acton, MA

The Gallery at the VAULT, Springfield, VT

Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, Grafton, VT

Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT

John Zaccheo Gallery, Manchester Center, VT

 

Publications

 

Featured in Watercolor Magazine Spring 2006 issue

Splash 9: The Best of Watercolor

Splash 10: The Best of Watercolor

Splash 11: The Best of Watercolor

1998, 1999, 2001, and 2006 – Fletcher Allen Health Care Calendar

Artists of New England, Vol. 1

Spring 2003 – American Artist Watercolor Magazine

Watercolor Magic Magazine, December 2007 issue

The 2008 Artists Calendar

Watercolor Artist Magazine, February 2011 issue

l’Art de l’Aquarelle – December 2011/February 2012

Splash 15: The Best of Watercolor

Concours mondial de l’aquarelle – World watercolor competition finalist

Watercolor Artist Magazine, February 2015 issue

Juror

2008:  58th Academic Artists Association National Exhibition, co-juror of awards

2008:  Wyoming Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition, Sheridan, WY

2010:  Somers Annual Art Exhibit, Somers, CT

2010:  34th North East Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Kent CT,  juror of awards

2011:  Tolland Art Exhibit, Tolland, CT

2012:  50th National Exhibition of the Hawaii Watercolor Society, Honolulu, HI

2014:  Alliance of Nebraska Art Clubs, juror of awards, McCook, NE

2014: 3rd Annual Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, juror of awards, Waitsfield, VT

2016: 74th New Jersey Watercolor Society Open Exhibition

2016: 40th International Exhibition of the North East Watercolor Society, Kent CT, juror of awards