Michael James O'Brien - Opalina 06
Michael James O'Brien
Opalina 06
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2011, printed later
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 2/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien - Opalina 01
Michael James O'Brien
Opalina 01
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2011, printed later
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien - Still Life with a Long Feather
Michael James O'Brien
Still Life with a Long Feather
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
2005, Printed 2008
20 x 16 inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 1/10 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Still Life with a Unicorn
Michael James O'Brien
Still Life with a Unicorn
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
2006, Printed 2008
20 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 1/7 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Still Life with a White Feather
Michael James O'Brien
Still Life with a White Feather
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
2003, Printed 2007
20 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 2/6 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Still life with a African Fetish
Michael James O'Brien
Still life with a African Fetish
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
2007, Printed 2008
20 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 2/6 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Still Life with a Silver Mask
Michael James O'Brien
Still Life with a Silver Mask
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
2005, Printed 2008
20 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 1/10 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Still Life with a Butterfly
Michael James O'Brien
Still Life with a Butterfly
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
2003, Printed 2007
20 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 3/6 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Dancer (Tina Lee), NYC
Michael James O'Brien
Dancer (Tina Lee), NYC
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2000, printed later
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 2/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien - Untitled # 1-2 Diptych
Michael James O'Brien
Untitled # 1-2 Diptych
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
1995, Printed 2007
16 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 1/7 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Torso 03
Michael James O'Brien
Torso 03
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2014
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien - Untitled 15, Diptych
Michael James O'Brien
Untitled 15, Diptych
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2014
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien - Untitled 11, Diptych
Michael James O'Brien
Untitled 11, Diptych
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2014
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien - Justin, NYC
Michael James O'Brien
Justin, NYC
Chromogenic Color Photograph on Resin-Coated Paper
1995, Printed 2007
20 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated, print date, and # 1/7 on label affixed to verso
Michael James O'Brien - Seija and Black Coat
Michael James O'Brien
Seija and Black Coat
Archival Pigment Photograph on Hahnemuhle Paper
2011, printed later
31 1/2 x 25 1/2 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned 1/6 on print recto.

Michael James O'Brien is a renowned American photographer and poet having produced a diverse body of photographic work from still lifes and portraits to commercial work and art documentation. He received his MFA from Yale University where he studied in the 1970s with Walker Evans. Later he became an associate professor of photography at Kenyon College in Ohio and taught at the New School in New York City in the mid-1980s. He is currently the Chairman of the Photography Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

In 1993 he began a collaboration with the artist Matthew Barney creating a photographic parallel to Barney’s Drawing Restraint 7 and Cremaster 1, 2, 4, 5. These works have been exhibited at the Musee Moderne in Paris in 2002 and at the Guggenheim in New York in 2003. His portrait of the artist duo Gilbert and George is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. O’Brien’s work has been commissioned by periodicals such as The New Yorker, Departures, Rolling Stone, Financial Times, Elle Décor, The New York Times, L’Uomo Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and by advertising clients including Bergdorf Goodman, Thierry Mugler, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

An accomplished and published poet, O’Brien has been editor-at-large of the poetry periodical Verbal Abuse since its inception in 1993. His book of photographs, “Girlfriend: Men, Women & Drag” was published by Random House in 1999. He was Creative Director of Designers against AIDS in 2010, co-editing the book “Designers against Aids: The First Decade,” published by Ludion. Today he continues to exhibit around the world including in the United States, Belgium, and China and creating a diverse body of work.

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