Michael O'Brien, born in
Ottawa, Canada, in 1948 is a self-taught painter and writer. He has worked
as a professional artist since 1970 when he had his first one-man exhibit
at a major gallery in Ottawa. The show was nearly sold out in a short
time, and has been followed by 40 exhibits across North America during the
ensuing 30 years.
Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges from liturgical commissions to work reflecting on the meaning of the human person, transcendence and immanence. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections in the U.S.A., Canada, England, Australia, and Africa.
The artist is also well known writer on religion and
culture. His essays have appeared in several international journals and
anthologies concerned with these topics, urging the people of the Western
world to examine the negative effects of materialism, and to rediscover
authentic spiritual sources in the absolutes of the Christian faith.
Michael and his wife Sheila have six children. He writes and paints full-time at his home near Combermere, Ontario
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