Tim O’Brien Paints Secular Images of Popular Icons

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Sep 24, 2013 • References: obrienillustration and emptykingdom
Tim O’Brien, a famous illustrator based in New York, paints secular images of popular icons in media. He has been featured and published widely in TIME Magazine, ‘Der Spiegel’, Rolling Stone and many more for his outrageous and quirky illustrations. The artwork in this feature are iconic people in history adapted to religious backdrops.

For example, Obama poses in the painting ‘Genesis’ by Michelangelo with his political opposite. We also see Uncle Sam peering behind a fence almost implying the notion “I’m watching you” and Al Gore carrying the world on his shoulders. They are a mix of political and religious satire, with pop icons like Notorious B.I.G. emulating a divine figure. These paintings are both a demonstration of raw talent and an ironic message.