Illustrator and portrait painter Tim O’Brien has a knack for pop culture, often infusing it into artistic visions that simultaneously reveal its strangeness and familiarity. His work has been published most notably in TIME Magazine as well as Der Spiegel, Smithsonian Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, Nautilus Magazine, Newsweek, TV Guide, The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, PlanSponsor, National Geographic, Playboy, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Avon Books, Dial, Harper Collins, Penguin, Times Books, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, TOR, Viking, Warner, and many others. Tim has designed several US Postage Stamps.
Tim has received multiple awards and recognitions from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, Graphis, Print, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, and the Art Directors Club. Tim has over a dozen paintings in the collection of the National Gallery, Washington, DC., and is a winner of the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators. Tim O’Brien is the president of the Society of Illustrators, New York City.
His numerous speaking engagements include The United Nations, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Society of Illustrators, Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts, Pratt, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, and the University of the Arts.
Tim is a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and lectures frequently across the country. If you would like Tim to visit your school or organization, contact Tim via the contact page.
Tim lives in Brooklyn New York with his wife, Creative Director at Scholastic, Elizabeth Parisi, and their wonderful son, Cassius.