Eileen Pleasure

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Eileen Pleasure O’Brien (German-American, 20th-21st C.) Born Eileen Pleasure on the Autobahn in Germany, her early years were spent in Germany, Switzerland and France, where her father was stationed in the army. She recalls being intrigued by the painting process as a child, watching as her father, a self-taught photographer, hand painted his black and white photographs of Europe at the dining room table.

Eileen has been painting for over 30 years, during which time she also worked with the developmentally disabled, retiring as a Psychologist in 2013. Her graduate degree is in Psychology (MA), and included undergraduate art classes at Plattsburgh SUNY and SUNY Buffalo. Eileen paints in an abstract style, often juxtaposing large areas of contrasting colors and textures.

She has shown in Chicago, Illinois, Cleveland, Ohio, Ithaca, New York and in the Buffalo area. Her work is included in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute collection (Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center), The Hotel Henry collection and in several private collections. Having previously exhibited as Eileen Pleasure O’Brien, Eileen now uses only her maiden name.


Artist Statement:

“With a background in Psychology, my interests lie in the emotionality of life, including my own. My paintings generally serve as an abstract, visual diary. Titles may allude to the meaning of the piece, but they are often a personal code to be understood only by myself. My process includes laying the canvas directly on the floor and applying paint with my hands/rags/brushes while moving around the piece, resulting in work which emphasizes color, texture and the physical act of painting itself.”


Select Exhibitions:

2017- Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, Kenan Center House Gallery, Lockport, NY. “121st Catalogue Exhibition”, Buffalo Society of Artists. Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Buffalo, NY, Silver Medal Award Recipient.

2016- “Four Person Show”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery, Buffalo, NY. “Juried Modern Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery, Honorable Mention Award Recipient. “Buffalo Society of Artists 125th Anniversary Show”, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda, NY. “Hallwalls Members Exhibition”, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Buffalo, NY.

2015- “Amid/In WNY 2015-Part Five”, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. “119th Catalogue Exhibition”, Buffalo Society of Artists, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Buffalo, NY. “24th Annual Juried Regional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery. “Juried Modern Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery. “Juried Traditional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery, Second Prize Recipient.

2014- “Barge Project Prototype”, Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. “Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show”, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY. “23rd Annual Juried Regional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery. “Juried Modern Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery.

2013- “Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show”, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Buffalo, NY. “22nd Annual Juried Regional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery, Second Prize Recipient. “Juried Modern Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery.

2012- “Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show”, Big Orbit, Buffalo, NY. “21st Annual Juried Regional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery, Honorable Mention Award.

2011- “Trilogies XXII Exhibition–3 Person Show”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery. “20th Annual Juried Regional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery. “Emerging/Converging Art Show”, Avant Building (Offices of Damon Morey), Buffalo, NY. “Maynifestation–Four Person Show”, Artspace Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2010- “19th Annual Juried Regional Exhibition”, Western New York Artists Group Gallery.

2005- “National Exhibition”, Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2004- “National Exhibition”, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2003- “Three Person Show”, Wells College, String Room Gallery, Aurora, NY. “Solo Show”, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY.

2000- “Solo Show”, Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY.

1999- “8th Regional Exhibition”, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1998- “Two Abstract Painters,”, Bockrath Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio. “Convergence ’98”, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda, NY.

1997- “Smithtown Township Arts Council Show”, Mills Pond House, St. James, NY.

1996- “Forty-Sixth Western New York Exhibition”, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. “Third Annual Show”, Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

1995- “38th Chautauqua National Exhibition”, Chautauqua Art Association Gallery, Chautauqua, NY.

1993- “36th Chautauqua National Exhibition,” Chautauqua Art Association Gallery, Chautauqua, NY.

1992- “First Regional Artists’ Exhibition”, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY.


Collections: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, Buffalo, NY; and Private Collections.

Memberships/Affiliations: Exhibiting member of Buffalo Society of Artists; Western New York Artists Group, Buffalo, NY; Monthly exhibitor at Queen City Gallery Co- op, Buffalo, NY; Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY; and Big Orbit, Buffalo, NY.

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