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Joe O’Brien – from cell to studio

Artist spent five years as a hermit

There must be something in the water in Maryhill, given that the north Glasgow district’s artistic talent pool takes in Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz, actor Robert Carlyle and troubadour Donovan.

Now, in his new solo exhibition at’s Glasgow gallery, artist Joe O’Brien (49) shares his view of a typical tenement upbringing in Maryhill the 1960s. Fragments of a Scottish Childhood runs from July 1 – 24, but far from painting his childhood in dark brushstrokes of misery and deprivation, O’Brien offers an unsentimental portrayal of an area that was changing before his eyes.
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