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Border Crossing Surrealism

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

— June 17, 2012 — Art & Design
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.
Trend Themes
1. Surrealist Art - Artists and designers can explore the use of metaphors and bizarre imagery to create beautiful and mind-bending surrealist artwork that challenges traditional perspectives.
2. Contemporary Illustration - The incorporation of photorealistic and fantastical elements can bring innovative and captivating visual content to a range of publications and media.
3. Nonconformist Imagery - By breaking away from traditional imagery, creators can bring fresh and unconventional interpretations to various topics and concepts.
Industry Implications
1. Media and Publishing - By infusing unique and visionary visual elements, media and publishing industries can create standout content that sets them apart from competitors.
2. Fine Art - Surrealist artists can disrupt and push the boundaries of the art world with their abstract and thought-provoking creations.
3. Advertising and Marketing - By utilizing creative and nonconformist imagery, advertising and marketing professionals can craft ads and campaigns that grab attention and appeal to audiences in new ways.
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