This is the first major retrospective of Justin O’Brien’s work since 1987 and the first since his death in 1996. Surveying the artist’s complete oeuvre – and incorporating around 100 paintings and works on paper from seven decades of image making – this exhibition endeavours to liberate O’Brien from the erroneous perception that he was merely an illustrator of religious themes of the modern era. The exquisite and sumptuous detail of his still lifes, portraits and works depicting religious narratives attest to O’Brien’s inventive brilliance and commanding use of colour and form, and reveal the artist’s wide-ranging knowledge of art history and literature, sources for his unique exploration of the human condition.
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