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, Spectrum 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, Brigham Young University, Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Tim is a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and lectures frequently across the country. Tim lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with his wife, Creative Director/VP at Scholastic, Elizabeth Parisi, and their wonderful son, Cassius.
Even in a presidency punctuated by surreal moments, it was a stunning scene. Michael Cohen, the President’s longtime personal lawyer, pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to eight felony counts, including arranging payments during the 2016 campaign to suppress two women’s accounts of alleged extramarital affairs with Donald Trump. “I participated in this conduct,” Cohen avowed, “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump himself. With that extraordinary statement, he implicated the President of the United States in a federal crime—to be violating campaign-finance laws—“principal purpose,” of which he said, was to influence an election that #Trump won by only 78,000 votes in three states. The courtroom drama brought all the President’s legal and political problems together in a single supernova. It highlighted Trump’s sordid history with #women, his willingness to blur the lines between business and #politics, and growing fallout from the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who referred the Cohen case to federal prosecutors. The explosion came minutes after Trump’s onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud in a case prosecuted by Mueller’s deputies. Tuesday was arguably the most pivotal day in this presidency, and the consequences are only beginning to kick in. Read this week’s full cover story on TIME.com. Illustration by @obrienillustration for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign