Patrick O’Brien

Patrick O’Brien is an award-winning artist whose striking paintings depict the classic age of fighting sail. An illustrator and painter since the 1980‘s, O’Brien entered the marine art field in 2003. His first entry to the prestigious Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition won an Award of Excellence.

In 2010 he won Mystic’s Museum Purchase Award, which means that Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut bought his painting for its permanent collection. In 2012, The National Maritime Historical Society awarded O’Brien with their Distinguished Service Award at a gala dinner in Washington DC.

O’Brien has had one-man-shows of his artwork in New York City, Annapolis, MD and Portsmouth VA. In 2010 the U.S. Naval Academy Museum mounted a retrospective exhibition entitled 'The Maritime Art of Patrick O’Brien' featuring twenty-eight paintings by the artist.

O’Brien’s paintings have been featured several times on the cover of Naval History magazine, published by the U.S. Naval Institute, and several times on the cover of Sea History magazine, published by the National Maritime Historical Society. Patrick has written and illustrated thirteen children's books.

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.


Artist's website


Awards and Recognitions

  • 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
  • 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
  • The Annual Mystic International Marine Art Exhibition
  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
  • Modern Marine Masters
  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
  • 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