Joy Patrice O'Brien


I am a multidisciplinary artist and designer currently living and working in Milwaukee, WI. My work combines a mixture of acrylic paint, mark making, typography and collage from my collection of vintage ephemera, books and photographs.

I first began exploring acrylics in 1998 after the birth of my son as a way of coping with ongoing depression. As my curiosity of other mediums and techniques grew, so did an intrinsic desire to express my personal journey into self-awareness and the influences of perception. It wasn’t until discovering collage that a door unlocked and my artistic voice began to emerge.

Since then, through an autodidactic approach, I've practiced simplistic collage, paint, typography and mark making techniques while studying the works of artists like Henry Darger, Joseph Cornell, Cy Twombly and Monica Canilao.



past Exhibitions

2019 | The Other Art Fair | Mana Contemporary, Chicago IL

2019 | 39th Annual SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition Juried Event | The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton WI

2017 | 30x30x30 Exhibition | Var Gallery, Milwaukee WI

2016 | Terror Chic, Group Show | Milwaukee WI

2012 | Hover Craft | Milwaukee WI

2011, 2008, 2007 | Made in Milwaukee | Milwaukee WI

2007 | Make a Promise, Live Art Auction Benefit for AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin | Milwaukee WI

2006 | Terror Chic, Group Show | Milwaukee WI

2006 | The Bird Show with dwellephant | Design Within Reach, Milwaukee WI

2006 | Group Show | M-80, Milwaukee WI