Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O’Brien
Kelly is an American mixed media artist who lives and works near Bath, England. In 2011, she left the United States to join her husband, a UK/US citizen, in Frankfurt for an international assignment with his company. With a master’s degree in adult development, Kelly had a 20+ year career working in leadership and management development for the US government and large organizations. Leaving the US presented her with an opportunity to pursue her art practice on a full-time basis. Materials and narrative play important roles in Kelly’s work. She works primarily with paper, attracted to its paradoxical qualities of ephemeral strength. Even when manipulated in seemingly destructive ways – scoring, burning, sewing into, tearing, repairing – what emerges is often more interesting and beautiful than the original form. She is interested in how her materials can transform and reinvent themselves into something new, not unlike an adult who continues to learn and grow – coming full circle in her work from the earlier career. Make an Enquiry about Kelly O’Brien


Kelly O’Brien

Kelly is an American mixed media artist who lives and works near Bath, England. In 2011, she left the United States to join her husband, a UK/US citizen, in Frankfurt for an international assignment with his company. With a master’s degree in adult development, Kelly had a 20+ year career working in leadership and management development for the US government and large organizations. Leaving the US presented her with an opportunity to pursue her art practice on a full-time basis.

Materials and narrative play important roles in Kelly’s work. She works primarily with paper, attracted to its paradoxical qualities of ephemeral strength. Even when manipulated in seemingly destructive ways – scoring, burning, sewing into, tearing, repairing – what emerges is often more interesting and beautiful than the original form. She is interested in how her materials can transform and reinvent themselves into something new, not unlike an adult who continues to learn and grow – coming full circle in her work from the earlier career.

Make an Enquiry about Kelly O’Brien


Playing with Fire No. 52
Paper gold leaf, flame
14 x 14" framed
£1200
Own Art £120 per month


Playing with Fire No. 51
Paper, spray paint, wire, flame
14 x 14" framed
£1200
Own Art £120 per month


Playing with Fire No. 47
Paper, thread and flame
14 x 14" framed
£1200
Own Art £120 per month



Playing with Fire No. 36
Paper, spray paint & flame
35 x 35" framed
£2150
Own Art £215 per month

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