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Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien has been an illustrator and painter since 1985, working with such clients as National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The Smithsonian, and the U.S. Naval Institute. His artwork has appeared in magazines and newspapers, on posters and greeting cards, and even on billboards.

Patrick has written and illustrated thirteen children's books. Most of his books are about nonfiction subjects such as knights, pirates, ships, and dinosaurs. His latest books are a series of sci-fi adventures about dinosaurs in space.

Patrick is also an award-winning maritime painter, creating oil paintings of historic maritime scenes for sale in galleries.



Distinguished Service Award
awarded by the National Maritime Historical Society for O'Brien's body of artwork


Museum Purchase Award
Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT


Award of Excellence
Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic, CT

Solo Exhibitions


The Maritime Art of Patrick O'Brien
The U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD


Space, Swords & Dinosaurs: The Creation of Art for Children's Books: The Artwork of Patrick O'Brien
The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD


The Age of Sail
Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, Annapolis, MD


New York in the Age of Sail
The Union League Club, New York, NY


The Civil War at Sea
Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Art Gallery, Portsmouth, VA

Group Exhibitions

2003 -2013

The Annual Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT


Modern Marine Masters
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

2010, 2011

Washington Awards Dinner
The National Press Club, Washington DC


American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition
Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture, Delray Beach, FL
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL,
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
Minnesota Museum of Marine Art, Winona, MN


The War of 1812; A Star-Spangled Nation
The Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo,NY
The Detroit Public Library, Detroit, MI
The Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Baltimore, MD

This page was last updated on 07/18/2016.