Gregory O’Brien

Gregory O’Brien is a Wellington-based painter, poet, art-writer and curator. In 2011 he and Bronwen Golder co-ordinated an artists’ voyage to the Kermadec Islands. He curated numerous subsequent exhibitions of works from the ‘Kermadec’ project at venues including the Tjibaou Centre in Noumea, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile. Two books of his poetry were inspired by the Kermadec experience, Beauties of the Octagonal Pool (AUP 2012) and Whale Years (AUP 2015), and in 2019 he published a book-length reflection on Oceania and his experiences in the Far North of Aotearoa and across the waters north of there. O’Brien recently completed writing a monograph about painter Don Binney, to be published by AUP in 2022. His paintings have been exhibited widely in public and private galleries around the country. In recent years, he has produced numerous collaborative etchings with his friend John Pule. Paintings produced in collaboration with Sydney-based, New Zealand-born painter Euan Macleod are currently touring the country in the exhibition ‘Local Knowledge’. A collection of his paintings and poems, House & Contents, will appear from AUP in February 2022.

Whale Tales 2022 Art Trail