Man with the yellow shirt
02 Aug 1917 - 17 Jan 1996
Man in yellow shirt
Self portrait [erroneously]
Man with yellow shirt
Place where the work was made
oil on wood
49.9 x 39.9 cm board; 40.0 x 25.0 cm sight edge; 56.0 x 41.0 x 5.0 cm frame :
0 - Whole; 65.1 x 50.7 x 5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds contributed by Russell and Sarah Keddie 1986
Not on display
© Estate of Justin O'Brien
Where the work was made
Shown in 6 exhibitions
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jesse Martin and Justin O'Brien (1944), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 01 Mar 1944–13 Mar 1944
Paintings from the back room (1956), Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 25 Jan 1956–04 Feb 1956
A loan exhibition from private collections (1959), The Museum of Modern Art, Sydney, Elizabeth Bay, 24 Oct 1959 -
Justin O'Brien and friends: a birthday celebration, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 06 Aug 1987–30 Aug 1987
Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart (2002), S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 12 Jan 2002–24 Feb 2002
Justin O'Brien: the sacred music of colour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Dec 2010–27 Feb 2011
Referenced in 14 publications
Anthony Bradley, The Australian, 'Painter with deep religious sensibility', pg. 17, Sydney, 25 Jan 1996, 17.
[Paul Haefliger], The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Repatriated war prisoners' art', pg. 10, Sydney, 01 Mar 1944, 10.
Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart selections, Sydney, 2002. no catalogue numbers; Margaret Olley selection.
Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 27.
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The enduring image', pg. 265-266, Sydney, 2000, 267 (colour illus.), 301.
Natalie Wilson, Justin O'Brien: the sacred music of colour, 'Justin O'Brien and the art of transfiguration', pg. 23-145, Sydney, 2010, 29, 34 (colour illus.), 37, 157. cat.no. 7
A loan exhibition from private collections, Sydney, 1959. cat.no. 16; titled 'Self portrait'; Collection of Margaret Clarke
Paintings from the back room, Sydney, 1956. probably cat.no. 17; titled 'Man in yellow shirt'
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jesse Martin and Justin O'Brien, Sydney, 1944. cat.no. 16; titled 'Man with the yellow shirt'; priced 18 guineas
Justin O'Brien catalogue supplement, Sydney, 2010, 6. cat.no. 7
Justin O'Brien: image and icon, Sydney, 1997, 11, 12, 44, 45 (colour illus.), 168. plate no. 2; titled 'Man with the yellow shirt'; dated 1944
Justin O'Brien: image and icon, Sydney, 1987, 11, 12, 36, 37 (colour illus.), 126. plate no. 2; titled 'Man with the yellow shirt'; dated 1944
Justin O'Brien and friends: A birthday celebration, Sydney, 1987. cat.no. 2; titled 'Man with yellow shirt'; dated 1944
Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 95