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David O'Brien - 'On Closer Inspection'

David O'Brien is a Melbourne artist who has exhibited paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints, with his work increasingly focussed on oil painting. David touches on various themes in his work, exploring light and also looking at the juxtaposition of the natural world and human reality.

For his upcoming show at Outré Gallery David will be presenting cigar box paintings and sculptures which will interconnect within in the space. One of the works is called 'Broken', it is a painting, in a cigar box which is of a Polar bear staring down at a shattered vase. David says, "Polar bears are one of the most powerful and ferocious animals on earth but they're also becoming a symbol of fragility and vulnerability." 

You can read an interview with David explaining his process, artworks and influences here