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ART & HISTORY OF COLONIAL NEW MEXICO LECTURE SERIES: The Life and Mural Art of Edward O’Brien
March 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented By: Peter E. López, Master Santero and author
The Life and Mural Art of Edward O’Brien
Spanish Market artist Peter López will present a slide lecture about the mural art of Edward O’Brien who worked in New Mexico from 1960-1975. A native of Pittsburgh, O’Brien began painting murals on public buildings in the 1930s. O’Brien’s work was profoundly influenced by a 1959 visit to Mexico and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe where he viewed the Virgin’s image on the tilma of San Juan Diego. Thereafter, religion and spirituality were present in many of his murals, including those at St. Catherine’s Indian School and Loretto Academy in Santa Fe. In the early 1970s, he was invited by Yogi Bhajan, head of the western Sikh community, to paint a mural for the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. This lecture will focus on six of his murals and the influences on their creation.
Peter López was born in the rural town of Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1940. He has a BA in art education from the University of New Mexico. López has been an artist at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Spanish Market for more than two decades. He is the author of Edward O’Brien Mural Artist 1910-1975 (Sunstone Press, 2013). Peter lives in Montezuma in San Miguel County in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
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