­Seamus Liam O’Brien

Work Experience

Muralist/Sign Painter. New York, NY. (2011-present)

  • Design and create hand painted signs and murals for galleries, homes, and businesses.
    Select clients include: David Zwirner Gallery, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Sweetgreens, The Brooklyn Museum, The Journal Gallery.

Kaikai Kiki New York. Operations Manager. Long Island City, NY (2014-2017)

  • Maintained all studio facilities, equipment, and machinery at the New York office.
  • Coordinated with outside vendors and oversaw maintenance timelines.
  • Traveled to outside events and art fairs and managed exhibition installations.
  • Oversaw the packing/shipping of artwork to and from the studio and managed all private viewings and incoming conservation evaluations.
  • Advised studio staff on paint production matters and assisted with exhibition logistics.

Freelance Art Handler/Preparator. New York, NY (2010-present)

  • Art handling and fine art installation of 2-D and 3-D works for museums, galleries, artists, collectors, auction houses, foundations, corporations, and estates.
    Experienced with procedures and materials used for art packing, installation/de-installation, rigging, gantry, wrapping and transport.
    (Select clients include: Japan Society, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, R and Company, David Zwirner Gallery, Jill Newhouse Gallery, Crozier Fine Arts, Sotheby's)

Mickalene Thomas Studio. Production Manager. Brooklyn, NY (2012)

  • Managed studio staff in the production of paintings for the artist Mickalene Thomas.
  • Interviewed artist assistants and supervised their training.
  • Built and maintained relationships with vendors and outside fabricators.
  • Ordered and maintained studio supplies and materials.
  • Coordinated project workflows with the artist and devised project timelines.
  • Packaged and stored fine art items and managed all art handling and installations.
    Selected projects include: ‘The Origins of the Universe’ (Brooklyn Museum, NY)
    'How to Organize A Room Around a Striking Piece of Art’ (Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY)

Kaikai Kiki New York. Studio Manager. Long Island City, NY (2006 - 2010)

  • Managed a multinational studio staff in the production of paintings for the artist Takashi Murakami, responsible for the process and quality of the artwork.
  • Scheduled and trained studio assistants in all aspects of the paint production.
    (panel prep, canvas prep, mixing colors, screen printing, painting, paint spraying, refinement, varnishing, gold leafing, art handling)
  • Supervised project development and coordinated project deadlines.
  • Ordered studio supplies and materials and scheduled delivery to prioritize workflow.
  • Built and maintained relationships with vendors and outside fabricators.
  • Packaged and stored fine art items and managed the handling and installation of work.
  • Maintained all studio facilities, equipment, and machinery.
  • Managed Mr. Murakami’s private art collection (storage, organization, maintenance)
  • Assisted artist’s represented by Mr. Murakami in the production of their artwork.
  • Project Manager: Managed 4000 sq. foot studio renovation (2008)
    Building reconstruction included raised ceilings, two spray booths, dark room facilities with silkscreen exposure unit, expanded silkscreen storage area and wash out sinks.
  • Project Assistant: Kaikai Geisai Miami Art Fair; Art Basel, Miami, FL (2007)
    Assisted Project Management onsite with the implementation and coordination of the art fair event.

Lite Brite Neon. Sign Painter/Carpenter/Stylist. Brooklyn, NY (2006)

  • Scenic/sign painting, window styling, and neon light installation for retail stores and events in NYC.
    Selected projects include: Bergdorf Goodman, Stussy, Apple Store (SoHo), DKNY

Potbelly Sandwich Works. Sign Painter/Carpenter. Chicago, IL (2005 – 2006)

  • Designed and hand painted menu boards and signs for Potbelly locations throughout the US.
  • Within the companies design guidelines, fabricated various scenic elements for their restaurant interiors.
    i.e. frames, mosaic tabletops, murals, dioramas, ceramic tile art, wood finishes, etc.

The Ohio State University. Adjunct Teacher/Admin. Assoc. Columbus, OH (2002 – 2004)

  • Teaching Assistant for studio art classes: Lithography, Intaglio, Holography, Art Theory
  • Gallery Preparator for the Hopkins Gallery: Performed all duties related to gallery exhibitions including installation, de-installation, packing,
    shipping/receiving of artwork.
  • Woodshop Assistant: Maintained shop equipment and provided basic instruction and technical support for tool usage.

Sunbelt Scenic Studios. Scenic Artist. Tempe, AZ (2000 – 2002)

  • Fabricated and painted theatrical elements and scenery for restaurants, retail stores, theatres, special events, corporate exhibits, and tradeshow booths.

Sparks Exhibits and Themed Environments. Scenic Artist. Orlando, FL (1998 – 2000)

  • Painted set pieces, props, murals, and backdrops for amusement parks, retail stores, restaurants, and theaters.
    Experienced in landscape painting, figurative painting, faux finishing, and trompe l’oeil.
    Selected projects include: M&M Museum (Las Vegas, Nevada), Disney On-Line Retail Store (Epcot Center), Jurassic River Ride (Universal Studios Islands of Adventure), Mouse Gear Merchandise Store (Epcot Center), Pandemonium Cartoon Circus (Universal Studios Islands of Adventure)

Circus Performer (1980 – 1990)

  • Performed with immediate family on circuses throughout North America.
  • Clown makeup operator for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.


Brightworks. ‘It’s Going To Be A Circus.’ Designed and painted poster, signs, and banners for circus themed event in Toronto, Canada (2013)
Royal Pains, S.03/Ep.08, ‘Run, Hank, Run.’ Rubber duck artwork featured on TV program (2011)
Leo Burnett.’TCM Underground.’ Illustrations for national advertising campaign (2006)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs. ‘Show Your Bones.’ CD artwork (2006)
Terence O’Brien. ‘Close, But No Cigar. A Street Urchins Tale.’ Book cover illustration (2005)


Oyster Bay Main Street Association Facade and Sign Grant. Oyster Bay, NY (2016)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. New York, NY (2014)
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship Award. Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT (2010)
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award. Chicago, IL (2007)
Project Fellowship Award. The Ohio Staters Inc. Columbus, OH (2004)
Edith Fergus-Gilmore Memorial Grant. Columbus, OH (2003, 2004)

Selected Publications, Reviews, etc.

Interview. NBC News Website (2015)
Exploring Studio Materials. Publisher: Oxford University Press (2015)
Artist’s studio became gallery. DNAinfo New York (2014)
Art Journaling Magazine. Vol. 05/Issue 02 (2013)
Murakami Versailles. Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral (2011)
Interview. Neighborhood Beat: Prospect Heights- Brooklyn Independent Television (2011)
© Murakami. Publisher: Rizzoli (2007)
Featured artist on MTV’s ‘The Reality Show.’ Hosted by Andy Dick (2005)
Play Ground. Columbus Alive. Columbus, OH (2005)
The A–List. Columbus Alive. Columbus, OH (2003)

Guest Lecturer

The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH (2012)
University of Central Missouri. Warrensburg, MO (2010)
Union College. Albany, NY (2007)


The Ohio State University. MFA Printmaking. Columbus, OH (2004)
Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ (2000-2002)
The University of Florida. BFA Drawing. Gainesville, FL (1997)