Tim O’Brien Takes His Photorealistic Artwork in a New Direction

By: Andrew Robertson - Published: • References: obrienillustration and mymodernmet
With a blend of compelling metaphors and bizarre imagery, Tim O’Brien creates beautiful surrealistic paintings. The talented illustrator and painter has had his work featured in a variety of notable publications including TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and many more.

O’Brien’s artwork spans from photorealistic portraits to contemporary issues to outlandish imagery. Oftentimes the paintings encourage the forfeiture of a grounded standpoint in the efforts of drawing out new impressions and attitudes. One image displays a chicken, half of which is alive with the other half being cooked. The divide between living and cooked is marked by plastic wrap -- an interesting portrayal of what distinguishes a chicken from ever being more than a cooked dinner meal.

Masterfully drawn, Tim Obrien’s work is absorbing on several levels, both emotionally and intuitively.