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        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Study for The Entombment c1986
          Nov. 29, 2023

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Study for The Entombment c1986

          Est: $9,000 - $12,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Study for The Entombment c1986 watercolour and ink on paper 32.5 x 47.0 cm; 53.5 x 68.0 cm (framed) signed upper right: O'Brien

          Menzies
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Edgecliff Landscape c1947
          Nov. 29, 2023

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Edgecliff Landscape c1947

          Est: $50,000 - $70,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Edgecliff Landscape c1947 oil on canvas 91.5 x 71.5 cm; 111.0 x 90.0 cm (framed) signed upper right: O'BRIEN inscribed verso: ARTIST: JUSTIN O'BRIEN/ SUBJECT: "EDGECLIFFE [sic] LANDSCAPE"/ WYNNE EXHIBITION

          Menzies
        • O'BRIEN Justin (1917-1996), Maidens in a Landscape, Pencil & Wash, 35x45.5cm
          Nov. 25, 2023

          O'BRIEN Justin (1917-1996), Maidens in a Landscape, Pencil & Wash, 35x45.5cm

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          O'BRIEN, Justin (1917-1996) Maidens in a Landscape Signed 'O'Brien' upper right. Pencil & Wash 35x45.5cm

          Davidson Auctions
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled (Seated Boy) oil on canvas board 69 x 49 cm (frame: 89 x 68 x 4 cm) signed upper right
          Jul. 20, 2023

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled (Seated Boy) oil on canvas board 69 x 49 cm (frame: 89 x 68 x 4 cm) signed upper right

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled (Seated Boy) oil on canvas board 69 x 49 cm (frame: 89 x 68 x 4 cm) signed upper right

          Lawsons
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM
          Feb. 23, 2023

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Est: $300 - $500

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Leonard Joel
        • Justin M. O'Brien Figure Study Ink on Paper
          Feb. 19, 2023

          Justin M. O'Brien Figure Study Ink on Paper

          Est: $400 - $600

          Justin Maurice O'Brien (Australian, 1917-1996) figure study sketch ink on paper drawing depicting a nude man, signed pencil signed upper right, housed under glass in a wood frame. Image: 15" H x 10" W; frame: 21.5" H x 17" W. Provenance: Property from a 276 Riverside Drive estate.

          Auctions at Showplace
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM
          Jan. 25, 2023

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Est: $480 - $550

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Leonard Joel
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM
          Dec. 01, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Est: $500 - $700

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Leonard Joel
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), The Assumption of the Virgin c1952
          Nov. 23, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), The Assumption of the Virgin c1952

          Est: $100,000 - $150,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) The Assumption of the Virgin c1952 oil on canvas 76.5 x 61.0 cm signed upper right: O'BRIEN signed and inscribed verso: "THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN"/ JUSTIN O'BRIEN/ 80GNS.

          Menzies
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Madonna with Two Donors 1990
          Nov. 23, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Madonna with Two Donors 1990

          Est: $200,000 - $300,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Madonna with Two Donors 1990 oil on canvas 72.0 x 100.0 cm signed upper right: O'BRIEN inscribed verso: 'MADONNA WITH DONORS'

          Menzies
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN
          Nov. 04, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN

          Est: $50 - $100

          Justin O'Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour by Barry Pearce & Natalie Wilson. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010. Quarto paperback in excellent condition.

          Sydney Rare Book Auctions
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM
          Nov. 03, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Est: $600 - $800

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, LANDSCAPE NEAR MOLOS, SKYROS 1967, PENCIL ON PAPER, SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, 24 X 33CM, FRAME SIZE: 48 X 53CM

          Leonard Joel
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled (Figure Studies) ink and gouache on paper 27 x 37 cm (frame: 36 x 56 x 2 cm) signed lower right
          Oct. 20, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled (Figure Studies) ink and gouache on paper 27 x 37 cm (frame: 36 x 56 x 2 cm) signed lower right

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled (Figure Studies) ink and gouache on paper 27 x 37 cm (frame: 36 x 56 x 2 cm) signed lower right

          Lawsons
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) - Untitled, 1947 ink, watercolour and gouache 49 x 36 cm (frame: 64 x 51 x 3 cm)
          Oct. 20, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) - Untitled, 1947 ink, watercolour and gouache 49 x 36 cm (frame: 64 x 51 x 3 cm)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 - 1996) Untitled, 1947 ink, watercolour and gouache 49 x 36 cm (frame: 64 x 51 x 3 cm) signed and dated upper right

          Lawsons
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN
          Sep. 16, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN

          Est: $100 - $150

          Justin O'Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour by Barry Pearce and Natalie Wilson. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010. Quarto paperback in excellent condition.

          Sydney Rare Book Auctions
        • Justin M. O'Brien Figure Study Ink on Paper
          Sep. 11, 2022

          Justin M. O'Brien Figure Study Ink on Paper

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          Justin Maurice O'Brien (Australian, 1917-1996) figure study sketch ink on paper drawing depicting a nude man, signed pencil signed upper right, housed under glass in a wood frame. Image: 15" H x 10" W; frame: 21.5" H x 17" W. Provenance: Property from a 276 Riverside Drive estate.

          Auctions at Showplace
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Nude Against Landscape (1971-1972) oil on canvas on board
          Aug. 24, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Nude Against Landscape (1971-1972) oil on canvas on board

          Est: $55,000 - $75,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Nude Against Landscape (1971-1972) oil on canvas on board signed 'O'BRIEN' lower right 60.5 x 46.5 cm PROVENANCE Justin O'Brien, Rome Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney Karl Steinberg, Sydney Fine Australian and International Paintings, Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne, 7 May 2001, lot 42, 'Greek Boy at Skyros', illustrated Sire Records Group, New York, acquired from the above Seymour Stein, New York New Day Rising: American & European Art, Capsule Gallery, New York, 27 January 2022, lot 48, 'Greek Youth at Skyros', illustrated Private Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above EXHIBITED Recent Works by Justin O'Brien, The Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 11-23 October 1972, no. 8, $2,600

          Smith & Singer
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Madonna c1959
          Jun. 29, 2022

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Madonna c1959

          Est: $250,000 - $350,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Madonna c1959 oil and gold leaf on canvas on board 107.0 x 84.0 cm signed upper right: O'BRIEN inscribed verso: MADONNA

          Menzies
        • Justin O'Brien
          Jun. 24, 2022

          Justin O'Brien

          Est: $100 - $150

          Justin O'Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour by Barry Pearce & Natalie Wilson. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010. Quarto paperback in excellent condition.

          Sydney Rare Book Auctions
        • JUSTIN MAURICE O'BRIEN - UNTITLED (FIGURES IN BATHING SHED)
          Jan. 27, 2022

          JUSTIN MAURICE O'BRIEN - UNTITLED (FIGURES IN BATHING SHED)

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          Lot 40 Justin Maurice O'Brien Australian (1917-1996) Untitled (Figures in Bathing Shed) ink and watercolor on board signed upper right 14 x 18 3/4 inches Additional Information: verso inscribed illegibly Provenance: Property from the Collection of Seymour Stein Sotheby's labels affixed to verso

          Capsule Gallery Auction
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 The Kiss of Judas (1974) oil on canvas
          Nov. 16, 2021

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 The Kiss of Judas (1974) oil on canvas

          Est: $60,000 - $80,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 The Kiss of Judas (1974) oil on canvas signed 'O'BRIEN' upper right 50.2 x 63 cm PROVENANCE Justin O'Brien, Rome South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne (label verso) Private Collection, Sydney EXHIBITED Recent Works by Justin O'Brien, South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne, 29 October 1974, no. 6 Justin O'Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 December 2010 - 27 February 2011, no. 77, illustrated LITERATURE Barry Pearce and Natalie Wilson, Justin O'Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2010, pp. 122 (illustrated), 160

          Smith & Singer
        • Justin O'Brien (1917-1996)
          Sep. 28, 2021

          Justin O'Brien (1917-1996)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Untitled, 1947 watercolour on paper, signed and dated u.r.c. 'O'Brien, '47'

          Shapiro Auctioneers
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, UNTITLED (FIGURE STUDY), PEN ON PAPER, 30 X 23CM CONDITION: THIS WORK IS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH NO MAJOR FAULTS TO...
          Sep. 09, 2021

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, UNTITLED (FIGURE STUDY), PEN ON PAPER, 30 X 23CM CONDITION: THIS WORK IS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH NO MAJOR FAULTS TO...

          Est: $1,500 - $1,800

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, UNTITLED (FIGURE STUDY), PEN ON PAPER, 30 X 23CM CONDITION: THIS WORK IS IN GOOD CONDITION WITH NO MAJOR FAULTS TO REPORT, SOME FOREIGN MATTER PRESENT ON GLASS PROV. ESTATE OF MICHAEL HUMPHRIES

          Leonard Joel
        • Justin O'Brien (1917-1996) Study for 'The Visitation', c.1968
          Aug. 24, 2021

          Justin O'Brien (1917-1996) Study for 'The Visitation', c.1968

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          Justin O'Brien (1917-1996) Study for 'The Visitation', c.1968 label attached verso with title: 'STUDY FOR VISITATION' oil on paper 29.0 x 39.5cm (11 7/16 x 15 9/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • EGIDIO SCARDAMAGLIA (1948 - ) - Italian Town Scene 48.5 x 35 cm (frame: 74 x 59 x 4 cm)
          Jul. 29, 2021

          EGIDIO SCARDAMAGLIA (1948 - ) - Italian Town Scene 48.5 x 35 cm (frame: 74 x 59 x 4 cm)

          Est: $300 - $500

          EGIDIO SCARDAMAGLIA (1948 - ) Italian Town Scene pencil and watercolour 48.5 x 35 cm (frame: 74 x 59 x 4 cm) signed upper right

          Lawsons
        • AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MONOGRAPHS
          Jun. 18, 2021

          AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MONOGRAPHS

          Est: $120 - $150

          1) The Art of Blamire Young by Elly Fink 2) Justin O'Brien by Christine France 3) Lawrence Daws Asylum in Edeb by Candice Bruce 4) Kenneth Jack by Lou Klepac All in dustwrapper and good copies

          Sydney Rare Book Auctions
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN
          Feb. 13, 2021

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN

          Est: $100 - $200

          1) Justin O'Brien: The Sacred Music of Colour by Barry Pearce & Natalie Wilson. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010. Quarto paperback in excellent condition. 2) Justin O'Brien: Image and Icon by Christine France, 1987. Quarto hardback in dust wrapper. Foxed, image pasted down on title page (its not meant to be there), dust wrapper creased.

          Sydney Rare Book Auctions
        • O'BRIEN Justin (1917-1996), Study for Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem, c1959-61., W/Clr, 37x15cm
          Aug. 16, 2020

          O'BRIEN Justin (1917-1996), Study for Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem, c1959-61., W/Clr, 37x15cm

          Est: $800 - $1,500

          O'BRIEN, Justin (1917-1996) Study for Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem, c1959-61. Signed upper right. Provenance: H C (Nugget) Coombs; Janet Coombs, Sydney. W/Clr 37x15cm

          Davidson Auctions
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, FRAGMENTS, c.1968
          Aug. 04, 2020

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, FRAGMENTS, c.1968

          Est: $25,000 - $35,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 – 1996) FRAGMENTS, c.1968 gouache on board 35.0 x 50.0 cm signed lower right: O’BRIEN PROVENANCE Macquarie Galleries, Sydney (label attached verso) Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in 1968 Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in 1993 EXHIBITED Recent Paintings and Drawings by Justin O’Brien, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 16 – 28 October 1968, cat. 25 This work is located at our Melbourne Gallery

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Panegyric Skyros
          Jul. 09, 2020

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Panegyric Skyros

          Est: $16,000 - $20,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Panegyric Skyros oil on paper on board 40.5 x 29.5 cm signed upper right: O'BRIEN

          Menzies
        • Justin O'Brien. A superb and rare original Australian oil depicting abract
          Nov. 17, 2019

          Justin O'Brien. A superb and rare original Australian oil depicting abract

          Est: -

          Justin O'Brien. A superb and rare original Australian oil depicting abract figures in landscape. Height 53cm, Width 28cm

          Christian McCann Auctions
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Fishermen (1968) oil on canvas 50 x 60 cm
          Aug. 27, 2019

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Fishermen (1968) oil on canvas 50 x 60 cm

          Est: $35,000 - $45,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Fishermen (1968) oil on canvas signed 'O'BRIEN' lower right 50 x 60 cm PROVENANCE Private Collection Australian Painting, Christie's Australia, Melbourne, 14 March 1972, lot 116, illustrated Private Collection, acquired from the above Mr Charles Zucker, Melbourne Mrs Ena Zucker, Melbourne, by descent from the above Fine Australian Paintings and Drawings, Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne, 30 July 1986, lot 95, illustrated Private Collection, Adelaide, acquired from the above OTHER NOTES We gratefully acknowledge the kind assistance of Natalie Wilson in cataloguing this work.

          Smith & Singer
        • Justin O'Brien (1917 - 1996) - Still Life with Apples 27 x 29cm
          Jun. 13, 2019

          Justin O'Brien (1917 - 1996) - Still Life with Apples 27 x 29cm

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Justin O''Brien (1917 - 1996) Still Life with Apples watercolour 27 x 29cm signed upper left

          Lawsons
        • Justin O'Brien (1917 - 1996) - The Student 35 x 22cm
          Nov. 29, 2018

          Justin O'Brien (1917 - 1996) - The Student 35 x 22cm

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Justin O''Brien (1917 - 1996) The Student oil on paper on soft board 35 x 22cm signed upper right, postcard with provenance: Brian Stratten, Sydney and exhibited at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 1954

          Lawsons
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), The First Mrs Kmitt c1950
          Aug. 09, 2018

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), The First Mrs Kmitt c1950

          Est: $25,000 - $35,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), The First Mrs Kmitt c1950 75.5 x 55.5 cm signed lower right: O'BRIEN oil on board

          Menzies
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Panegyric Skyros
          Aug. 09, 2018

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Panegyric Skyros

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Panegyric Skyros 40.5 x 29.5 cm signed upper right: O'BRIEN oil on paper on board

          Menzies
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, (1917 – 1996), STILL LIFE AGAINST A WINDOW, 1981, oil on canvas
          Jun. 13, 2018

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, (1917 – 1996), STILL LIFE AGAINST A WINDOW, 1981, oil on canvas

          Est: $100,000 - $140,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, (1917 – 1996) , STILL LIFE AGAINST A WINDOW, 1981, oil on canvas SIGNED: signed upper right: O’BRIEN DIMENSIONS: 121.0 x 78.0 cm PROVENANCE: Macquarie Galleries, Sydney Artbank, Sydney EXHIBITED: Justin O'Brien: recent paintings from Rome, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 28 September – 16 October 1982, cat. 1 LITERATURE: Art and Australia, Sydney, vol. 19, no. 4, winter 1982, p. 380 (illus., as ‘Still Life Against Window’) Grishin, S., ‘An Australian Painter in Rome: Justin O’Brien’ , Art and Australia, Sydney, vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1984, pp. 495 (illus., as ‘Still Life Against Window’), 496 RELATED WORK: Window No. 2, 1978, oil on canvas, 93.0 x 67.5 cm, private collection, illus. in France, C., Justin O’Brien: Image and Icon, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1987, pl. 22, p. 77 (illus.) ESSAY: Resplendent in its varied colour, texture and detail, Still Life against a Window, 1981 captures amongst its fibres and layers the heavy stillness of a late Italian summer. Ambitious in both scale and level of detail, this painting is undoubtedly a work that stands apart from the mass of O’Brien’s late still lives. Having recently returned to Rome after months of travelling through Turkey, the summer months of 1981 would mark a time of renewed inspiration and invigorated artistic practice for the Australian expatriate painter.1 While O’Brien rose to critical acclaim with narrative paintings depicting biblical episodes, his later years were characterised by a more pronounced naturalism and subject matter that was more prosaic and bucolic. Landscapes and still life subjects remained touchstones throughout the artist’s career – translating the divine power that he recognised in the everyday, particularly whilst living in Greece and Italy. Many of O’Brien’s compositions from the late 1970s onwards featured opened windows and doorways, playing with the Renaissance idea of the canvas as a window into an alternate reality. Explaining his rationale in a conversation with Desmond O’Grady in 1986 O’Brien said: ’I am interested in the way representations of looking out from a room enable you to convey a feeling of three-dimensional space … I’m absorbed in painting domestic life’. 2 What distinguishes this Still Life against a Window is its pictorial richness and the way it appeals to all of our senses. The tone and texture of the scene are carefully observed and faithfully transcribed as O’Brien conveys the coolness of the marble window sill, the flickering reflections on window panes, soft and velvety fruits and feathery blooms. In comparison to its closest related work, Window 2, 1978, which features the same window, this painting is warmer and more complex, counterbalanced compositionally through the placement of a table in the foreground, laden with fresh earthly offerings. Considering the religious nature of much of O’Brien’s oeuvre, one realises that even his more prosaic compositions are endowed with a spiritual subtext. Concealing religious architectural forms within this domestic composition, from the marble sill and wooden table as altar, the shutters and window panes as the outermost panels of an altarpiece, O’Brien transforms this corner of his Roman apartment a humble place of worship. This is further emphasised through the placement of a simple string of Skyrian bells hanging from the window frame. Sasha Grishin, Emeritus professor of Art History at the Australian National University, travelled to Rome to interview Justin O’Brien a few years after this painting was executed. In the article subsequently published in Art and Australia, Grishin wrote: ‘In the early 1980s, he painted a series of still life compositions that must rate amongst his best work. These include his Still Life Against The Window, 1981 [sic.]. Light now permeates every surface as the whole starts to glow with colour. The symbolism, which in some of his earlier work appeared as somewhat heavy handed, has now vanished and is replaced by inner radiance of colour expressed in terms of vibrating, glowing fields’.3 1. See Pearce, B., and Wilson, N., Justin O’Brien. The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, p. 168 2. The artist in conversation with Desmond O’Grady, Rome, 1986, quoted in ibid., p. 169 3. Grishin, S., ‘An Australian Artist in Rome’, Art and Australia, vol. 21, no. 4, winter 1984, p. 496. The work in question illustrated on p. 495, as ‘Still Life Against Window’ LUCIE REEVES-SMITH

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) The Upper Town, Skyros c.1968 ink on paper
          May. 03, 2018

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) The Upper Town, Skyros c.1968 ink on paper

          Est: $700 - $900

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996) The Upper Town, Skyros c.1968 ink on paper signed upper right: O'Brien 23.5 x 34cm OTHER NOTES: Accompanied by "The Art of Justin O'Brien" by Anthony Bradley, Craftsman's Press, Sydney 1982, ed. 32/250

          Leonard Joel
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Native Flowers in a Blue Vase
          Apr. 26, 2018

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Native Flowers in a Blue Vase

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917-1996), Native Flowers in a Blue Vase ink and watercolour on paper 46.0 x 32.5 cm Private collection, Melbourne Mossgreen, Melbourne, 31 July 2016, lot 420 Private collection, Sydney

          Menzies
        • Justin Maurice O'Brien (1917-1996) Sorbe Watercolour
          Nov. 12, 2017

          Justin Maurice O'Brien (1917-1996) Sorbe Watercolour

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          Justin Maurice O'Brien (1917-1996) Sorbe Watercolour Signed upper right Titled verso 30 x 39.5 cm PROVENANCE: The Estate of the Late Barry Willoughby The Macquarie Galleries Cat. no. 19

          Theodore Bruce
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 -1996) The Hayshed 1937 oil on board
          Sep. 05, 2017

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 -1996) The Hayshed 1937 oil on board

          Est: $8,000 - $10,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN (1917 -1996) The Hayshed 1937 oil on board signed and dated lower right: Justin O'Brien 1937 32 x 35cm PROVENANCE: Private collection, Melbourne

          Leonard Joel
        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN, (1917 – 1996), STILL LIFE WITH ANGEL FRESCO, 1972 , oil on composition board
          Aug. 30, 2017

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, (1917 – 1996), STILL LIFE WITH ANGEL FRESCO, 1972 , oil on composition board

          Est: $100,000 - $150,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN, (1917 – 1996), STILL LIFE WITH ANGEL FRESCO, 1972 , oil on composition board SIGNED: signed lower right: O’BRIEN bears inscription verso: 18 DIMENSONS: 73.5 x 54.5 cm PROVENANCE Macquarie Galleries, Sydney The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, New South Wales, acquired from the above in 1972 EXHIBITED: Recent Works by Justin O’Brien, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 11 – 23 October 1972, cat. 3 Cranbrook School Art Exhibition, Cranbrook School, Sydney, 14 – 17 October 1976, cat. 83 Merioola and After, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 12 July – 17 August 1986; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle, 28 August – 5 October 1986, and Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, 16 October – 16 November 1986, cat. 77 Justin O’Brien: A Birthday Tribute, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 31 July – 13 September 1987, cat. 15 (label attached verso) Justin O’Brien, The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 December 2010 – 27 February 2011, cat. 71 Margaret Olley – Painter, Peer, Mentor, Muse, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 7 January – 26 March 2017 (illus. in exhibition catalogue, pp. 72 – 73) LITERATURE: Bradley, A., The Art of Justin O’Brien, The Craftsman’s Press, Sydney, 1982, pl. 19, pp. 24, 66, 67 (illus.), 105 Grishin, S., ‘An Australian Painter in Rome: Justin O’Brien’, Art and Australia, Sam Ure Smith at the Fine Arts Press, Sydney, vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1984, pp. 493, 494 (illus.) France, C., Merioola and After, National Trust, Sydney, 1986, p. 27 France, C., Justin O’Brien: Image and Icon, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1987, pl.18, pp. 25, 68, 69 (illus. and front cover) 126 France, C., Justin O’Brien: Image and Icon, Craftsman House, Sydney, revised edition, 1997, pl. 18, pp. 25, 76, 77 (illus.), 168 Pearce, B. and Wilson, N., Justin O’Brien. The Sacred Music of Colour, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2010, pl. 71, pp. 111, 114 (illus.), 160 ESSAY: From the vantage point of his fisherman’s cottage by the sea, Justin O’Brien delighted in painting the changing effects of light and colour on the simplest of objects in his Grecian home. Still Life with Angel Fresco, 1972 shimmers with heat and expectant stillness. The soft velvety finish of O’Brien’s oil paint carefully translates the surface textures of each object in his field of vision, from the delicate petals of chrysanthemums in a bouquet, to the skins of green grapes, the worn and cracked leather of sandals in the doorway, and the crumbling plastered surface of the fresco. Every object presented here is imbued with timeless simplicity, of ancient modes of interaction with the landscape, unchanged for millennia – yet interpreted by O’Brien in a blaze of modernist colour and flat rendition of form. Still Life with Angel Fresco, purchased directly by James Fairfax from O’Brien’s exhibition at Sydney’s Macquarie Galleries in 1972, was exhibited along with Still Life Against a Landscape – a smaller work, a variation on the same theme. Still Life with Angel Fresco depicts the same view of the wooden table, identical down to the precise recreation of the arrangement of fruit and flowers, but placed against an open doorway and frescoed wall instead of a window. Here, the eponymous angel gestures towards an enticing sliver of landscape visible through the doorway, blessing the view with a raised hand. The rocky, arid landscape beyond was the artist’s own paradis terrestre, a place where a simple existence could reveal hidden spiritual forces. In 1967, Justin O’Brien resigned from his teaching position at Cranbrook School and left Sydney, returning to the Greek island of Skyros where he had holidayed some years previously. A decade later, he explained to Christine France, who was writing a monograph on his work, that despite much criticism from his peers he found his work to be especially stimulated by the peaceful beauty of the Aegean. 1 He wrote to his friend Martin Sharp in London, expressing a desire to ‘get away from this rat race and bury my Irish mug in some Aegean sand. If this is living I’d rather be dead!’. 2 In the tense socio-political context of the late 1960s, O’Brien was not alone in seeking an unspoiled natural environment, away from the threat of an impending war in Vietnam, and the claustrophobia of exponential urban sprawl and capitalist consumption. Still Life with Angel Fresco is a joyful expression of O’Brien’s visual awareness and appreciation of his immediate environment, with all the gaiety and verve that modernism allowed. Having shed the static and heavy religious symbolism of his earlier works, O’Brien’s still lives of the 1970s and 1980s exude a joyous luxuriance – an almost baroque exaltation of life’s blessings and fruits. O’Brien’s early religious works bore much in common with early Sienese and Byzantine styles of representation, and in this respect, Sasha Grishin identifies the fresco in this picture as an ‘emotional counterfoil’, a lingering stylistic memento of earlier artistic endeavours. 3 Justin O’Brien was a contemporary of James Fairfax, an artist-friend who benefited from his direct patronage and with whom the collector socialised. Fairfax purchased Still Life with Angel Fresco from its first exhibition at Macquarie Galleries, even before it had opened to the public, having enjoyed exclusive previews of exhibitions there from his early teenage years. 1. France, C., Justin O’Brien. Image and Icon, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1987, p. 24 2. Correspondence between Martin Sharp and Justin O’Brien, dated 19 Jan 1967, cited in Pearce, B. and Wilson, N., Justin O’Brien. The Sacred Music of Colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2010, p. 104 3. Grishin, S., ‘An Australian Painter in Rome: Justin O’Brien’, Art and Australia, Sam Ure Smith at the Fine Arts Press, Sydney, vol. 21, no. 4, Winter 1984, p. 493 LUCIE REEVES-SMITH Sydney Gallery Manager Deutscher and Hackett

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        • JUSTIN MAURICE O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Dormition of the Virgin, c.1988 oil on canvas signed upper right: O'BRIEN
          Jun. 07, 2017

          JUSTIN MAURICE O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Dormition of the Virgin, c.1988 oil on canvas signed upper right: O'BRIEN

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          JUSTIN MAURICE O'BRIEN (1917-1996) Dormition of the Virgin, c.1988 oil on canvas signed upper right: O'BRIEN 47.5 x 65 cm PROVENANCE Australian Galleries, Melbourne Private collection Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane Fine Australian Paintings, Sotheby’s, Melbourne, 30 April 1995, lot 58 (illustrated) EXHIBITED Justin O’Brien, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 8-29 August 1988, cat. no. 6 Justin O’Brien, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, July-August 1995, cat. no. 2 LITERATURE Justin O’Brien, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 1988, (unpaginated) Justin O’Brien, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, 1995, (unpaginated)

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        • JUSTIN O’BRIEN , (1917 - 1996) , STUDY FOR THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES , oil on paper on composition board
          Sep. 13, 2016

          JUSTIN O’BRIEN , (1917 - 1996) , STUDY FOR THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES , oil on paper on composition board

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          JUSTIN O’BRIEN , (1917 - 1996) , STUDY FOR THE MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES , oil on paper on composition board SIGNED: signed lower right: O’BRIEN DIMENSIONS: 25.0 x 28.0 cm PROVENANCE: The Macquarie Galleries, Sydney Private collection, Melbourne Deutscher~Menzies, Sydney, 15 March 2006, lot 10 Private collection, Sydney

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        • O'BRIEN, Justin (1917-1996) Village in the Hills
          Jun. 19, 2016

          O'BRIEN, Justin (1917-1996) Village in the Hills

          Est: $500 - $800

          O'BRIEN, Justin (1917-1996) Village in the Hills Pencil 24x34cm

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        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Study for The Resurrection (1956) oil on paper on board
          May. 11, 2016

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Study for The Resurrection (1956) oil on paper on board

          Est: $30,000 - $40,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Study for The Resurrection (1956) oil on paper on board signed 'O'BRIEN' upper right 76.5 x 56 cm PROVENANCE Private Collection, Sydney Fine Australian Paintings, Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne, 8 April 1990, lot 64, illustrated Savill Galleries, Sydney, acquired from the above Private Collection, Sydney Fine Australian Paintings, Antiques and Oriental Works of Art, Sotheby's Australia, Sydney, 21 November 1995, lot 216, illustrated Private Collection, Queensland, acquired from the above EXHIBITED Modern Australian Paintings, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, 21 May - 4 June 1986, no. 17, 'The Resurrection', illustrated

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        • JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Tuscan Kitchen (1984) oil on canvas
          Nov. 25, 2014

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Tuscan Kitchen (1984) oil on canvas

          Est: $50,000 - $70,000

          JUSTIN O'BRIEN 1917-1996 Tuscan Kitchen (1984) oil on canvas signed 'O'BRIEN' upper right 49.8 x 51.5 cm PROVENANCE Australian Galleries, Melbourne (label verso) Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in September 1984 EXHIBITED Paintings and Drawings by Justin O'Brien, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 17-29 September 1984, no. 8 Justin O'Brien: A Birthday Tribute, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 31 July - 13 September 1987, no. 26 LITERATURE Christine France, Justin O'Brien: Image and Icon, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1987, plate 26, pp. 28, 84, 85 (illustrated) Christine France, Justin O'Brien: Image and Icon, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1997, plate 26, pp. 28, 92, 93 (illustrated) PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, MELBOURNE

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        • JUSTIN OBRIEN (1917-1996) Untitled (Still Life of
          Mar. 20, 2014

          JUSTIN OBRIEN (1917-1996) Untitled (Still Life of

          Est: $6,500 - $7,500

          JUSTIN OBRIEN (1917-1996) Untitled (Still Life of Fruit and Flowers) 1936 oil on hardboard signed and dated upper left: Justin O'Brien./ 1936.|

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