In 1963, when this portrait was drawn, O’Brien was living in Elizabeth Bay, and working as the Art Master at Cranbrook School, a position he held from 1946–67. He was an inspiration to a number of his students who later grew to become artists, including Martin Sharp and Brian Dunlop; many of his students also modelled for portraits, most likely including this drawing.
pencil, pen and brown ink, wash on cream wove paper
37.8 x 27.6 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., blue ball-point pen “O’Brien ‘63”.
Bequest of Margaret Olley 2012
Not on display
© Estate of Justin O'Brien