Tim O'Brien
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
BFA, Paier College Art

Tim O'Brien is an illustrator and portrait painter whose intricately detailed and imaginative illustrations have been published most notably in TIME Magazine as well as Der Spiegel, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, TV Guide, The Atlantic Monthly, Business Week, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, PlanSponsor, National Geographic, Playboy, Penthouse, 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 U.S. 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, and the Art Director's Club. He has over a dozen paintings in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and is a winner of the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators.

  • Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Illustrators, New York
  • Museum Chairman of the Society of Illustrators
  • Education Chairman of the 2003 Illustration Conference in Philadelphia

His numerous speaking engagements include 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 and the University of the Arts.

Tim is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He lives in Prospect Park South in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Creative Director Elizabeth Parisi, and their wonderful son, Cassius Liam.

Artist Statement
Tim O'Brien's work is deeply rooted in traditional realism, which is also combined with conceptual surrealistic ideas. This combination draws the viewer in to study the image only to then discover the often subtle idea within. Influenced by artists as diverse as Paul Cadmus, Frederick Lord Leighton and Mark Tansey, Tim seeks to connect with the viewer, often with eye contact in his portraits or with dramatic lighting. This connection has made him valuable to Time Magazine as a cover artist for almost 20 years. As an educator, Tim seeks to find each student's own voice in their work and to show ways to improve and develop their work to the level of a professional.

Class Schedule, Fall 2015

08:30AM - 11:20AM
01:00PM - 03:50PM
Figure Communication
- Illustration Ind Study

Contact Info

Office: Anderson Hall 7TH
Tel: 215-717-6240
Fax: 215-717-6632