Barbary O'Brien is a painter, community artist, surfer and environmentalist living and working in South Australia. This website illustrates & describes the various practices that reflect her 'soul's purpose'. Part work, part lifestyle, all these elements are interconnected. Much as we are with each other, with planet Earth, all living things, and with life in general.
Works are for sale unless indicated as SOLD, please contact me via the guestbook or email me on for prices and details. Thankyou.
This site gets updated regularly with new ideas and images, so keep watching this space!
Plese check out the NEWS section for a selected CV. Thanks.
Welcome to the gallery!
Here is an eclectic selection of the Artist's personal and public artwork, as well as pictures of the location in which she lives, surfs and works.


12th December 2017
12th December 2017
Pianola Colada!
10th March 2017
A painted piano gets out and about for the public to play

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Reconciliation mural project. Mt Barker area.
30th January 2017
Students from Littlehampton Primary school;

Mount Barker High school;

Macclesfield Primary,

and the Vocational Training college in Mt Barker

created murals on panels, which reflect the local Indigenous cultural relationship with the area. This was a special learning curve for me because my knowledge of the Peramangk nation's history and relationship with their Country was pretty much non-existent when I began this project! So MANY thanks to elders for their invaluable guidance, particularly Ivan Tiwu Copley and Mandy Brown.
The panels were displayed and launched during Reconciliation week and went on to their permanent homes at their respective schools. Thanks also go to my colleagues Ros Cameron and Hayley Willis, and to Peter, plus all the teachers and students.
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17th August 2016
Collaborative art projects in the Red Centre
18th November 2015
I have been a guest Artist in Residence at the FOUR campuses of Nyangatjatjara College in the Northern Territory of Australia since 2013, working with students on a variety of arts projects both in and out of the classroom. Take a look at our vibrant work!
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Artwork Artwork
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Murals, site specific work, paintings, cartoons and community gardens: the eclectic and energetic art of Barbary O'Brien