Artist Michael D. O’Brien seeks to depict ‘the holiness of existence and the dignity of the human person’

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Michael O'Brien
Michael O’Brien

Since 1970 Calendar artist Michael D. O’Brien has worked as a professional artist and has had more than 40 exhibits across North America. Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections throughout the world. O’Brien says his art aims “to express the holiness of existence and the dignity of the human person situated in an incarnational universe.”

O’Brien is also the author of twenty-eight books, notably the novel Father Elijah and 11 other novels, which have been published in 14 languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals such as Communio, Catholic World Report, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review and others. For seven years he was the editor of the Catholic family magazine, Nazareth Journal.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1948, Michael O’Brien lives near Combermere, Ontario. He and his wife Sheila have six children and nine grandchildren.

To find out more about O’Brien’s work, please go to: http://www.studiobrien.com/

See the Catholic Missions in Canada 2016 calendar featuring Michael O’Brien’s art here.