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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 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, Portsmouth VA, and here at the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery. 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. SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION.

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.
Mr. O’Brien lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and son.

October, 2010 - The Accolades for Patrick O'Brien Keep Coming...
At Mystic Seaport's prestigious annual International Marine Art Exhibition, Patrick O'Brien's painting "The Great White Fleet in the Straits of Magellan" won the most prestigious award of all, the Museum Purchase Award. This means that the Mystic Seaport Museum has purchased the painting for its permanent collection.

For the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Patrick O'Brien is using his remarkable talents to commemorate the Age of Fighting Sail by painting all the sea battles of the war, both the famous ship-to-ship fights and some lesser-known but still important batrtles. With this issue, his original art has thrice graced the cover of Sea History Magazine. Patrick is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, the nation's leading and most prestigious professional organization devoted toeducating the public about American marine art and history.

Patrick O'Brien is available for commissioned works. He has created many commissioned paintings for private individuals as well as for such clients as:

-National Geographic Television
-Navy Federal Credit Union
-The US Coast Guard

If you are interested in a commissioning a painting, please call the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery at 410-263-4100, or 888-278-2624.

In the Spring of 2010 the U.S. Naval Academy Museum staged its first one-artist show in 30 years. The artist was Patrick O'Brien.




Patrick O'Brien Originals


"The Battle of Trafalgar"

Oil      24 x 36     $14,000


"Washington, DC 1905"

Oil    24 x 36    $17,000


"USS Chesapeake vs HMS Shannon" The War of 1812

Oil      24 x 30      $11,000    SOLD


"USS Enterprise vs HMS Boxer" The War of 1812

Oil      18 x 24      $6,500      SOLD


"The USS Enterprise in the Mediterranean"
Oil           24 x 36         $12,500

"The Original Pride of Baltimore:
The Privateer Chasseur Fires a Salute to Fort McHenry"
Oil               24 x 30             $8500     SOLD

The Battle of Mobile Bay

24 x 36   oil on canvas   $8000

During the Civil War, Mobile Bay in Alabama was one of the South’s most important ports. On August 5, 1864, Admiral David Farragut, commanding the Union fleet, attacked and captured the port. It had been defended by three forts and a small Confederate fleet, as well as underwater mines, which were called torpedoes at that time. It was during this battle that, in ordering his fleet through the torpedo field, Farragut was said to have shouted “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
The painting was used by the U.S. Naval Institute on the cover of Naval History magazine in December, 2009. O’Brien and the Institute carefully researched every detail of the ships and the battle. In the foreground is the flagship USS Hartford, with the gunboat Metacomet lashed to her side, steaming across the torpedo field. In the background, the Confederate ironclad Tennessee fires on the Union ships, while in the distance Fort Morgan fires as well, some its shells bursting in the air. This painting was also displayed at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in 2010 as part of a special exhibition called "The Maritime Art of Patrick O'Brien."






Smaller Works by Patrick O'Brien

"The Privateer COMET - 1812"
Oil on Canvas             16 x 20                $4000 

              To inquire about this exciting work of art, call 888-278-2624, 410-263-4100 or email marine.art@verizon.net today.                      

"The 'Beagle' in the Straits of Magellan" Darwin's Adventure

Oil             16" x 20"           $3250    SOLD

To inquire about this exciting work of art, call 888-278-2624, 410-263-4100 or email marine.art@verizon.net today.  

"Gloucester Harbor"
Watercolor and Gouache          7" x  11"          $1200     SOLD

The painting depicts fishing schooners in Gloucester harbor in the late 19th century. At the far right is Ten Pound Light, and the red brick building in the center is the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.

To inquire about this exciting work of art, call 888-278-2624, 410-263-4100 or email marine.art@verizon.net today.


Patrick O'Brien Prints


"The Battle of the Chesapeake"     EDITION OF 50 SOLD OUT
Giclee on Canvas          20" x  30"          $850 Unframed

The Battle
The Battle of the Chesapeake Bay was one of the decisive turning points in American history. The British navy’s loss of this battle allowed General George Washington to defeat the British at Yorktown, thereby ending the American Revolution. The battle took place just outside the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on September 5, 1781, between a British fleet of 19 ships and a French fleet of 24 ships. For two and a half hours the fleets traded broadsides, sending thousands of cannonballs smashing into hulls, masts and sailors. Neither fleet was decisively defeated, but the French won the day by denying the British entrance into the Bay. This prevented the British from resupplying their troops, and allowed American men and provisions to reach Washington’s army. As a result, the British were forced to surrender to General Washington.

The Painting
Traditional maritime paintings generally depict battles at sea from afar, as if the viewer is watching the battle from a safe distance. Mr. O’Brien has chosen a viewpoint from inside the action, almost as if the viewer is on the deck of one of the ships. Mr. O’Brien began by doing exhaustive research to ensure that the paintings would be as accurate as possible. He consulted charts and accounts of the action, the journals of admirals from both fleets, and manuals of building, rigging and handling of 18th century sailing ships. He also studied dockyard models at the Naval Academy Museum. These models were built at the same time and in the same shipyards as the actual ships.

To inquire about this exciting print, call 888-278-2624, 410-263-4100 or email marine.art@verizon.net today.


"Charleston During the Civil War"
Giclee on Paper                  14" x  21"                              $250

At the beginning of the Civil War the Union Navy blockaded Charleston, but the harbor was protected by several forts. The blockading squadron watched and waited from a distance while harbor traffic went on within the protective range of the confederate cannons. One of the forts was Castle Pinckney, which is seen at the right in the painting. At center are the two ironclads built in Charleston, the Chicora and the Palmetto State, and behind them on the waterfront is the Exchange & Custom House. Visible on the skyline are the steeples of the churchs St. Michael's and St. Philip's. A topsail schooner waits for nighttime, when perhaps she will attempt to run the blockade.

To inquire about this exciting print, call 888-278-2624, 410-263-4100 or email marine.art@verizon.net today.












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