Justin Maurice O'Brien (1917-96) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in New South Wales in 1917, O'Brien was taken prisoner in Greece while serving with the Australian Army in World War II. While in prison camp he became very interested in Byzantine iconography and, on his release and return to Australia in 1944, did much to promote a richly colouristic and neo-Byzantine type of decorative art. This style became very popular in Sydney during the late 1940s and early 1950s. O'Brien's work is represented in state galleries and in collections at Canberra and the University of New South Wales. Justin O'Brien died in 1997. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Still Life Against a Landscape (1972)
Highest Price:
Still Life Against a Landscape (1972)
Oil on canvas on composition board, 67.5 x 52.5 cm
Important Australian Art, Sotheby's, Sydney.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings200153A$268,400 A$99,389
Works on Paper13985A$120,000 A$11,688

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