Contemporary Artist Abigail O’Brien’s work employs many media including Photography, Sculpture, Video, Sound and Hand-Made Embroidered objects.
O’Brien’s work explores themes such as ritual, rites of passage and the domestic realm. She is currently working on The Cardinal Virtues, Fortitude, Temperance, Prudence and Justice. O’Brien’s work is in Private and Public collections including, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, The Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, The Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, The Gemeentmuseum, The Netherlands and Centro National des Artes, Mexico.
Born in 1957, she received her MA Fine Art Painting from The National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1998.
O’Brien is President of the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, the first female president of the RHA in 200 years. O’Brien was Secretary of the RHA from 2012 until 2017, the first time a female artist had held this position. As President of the RHA, O’Brien is also an ex-officio Member of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Abigail O’Brien lives and works in Ireland.