A Little “Physical Education” with Justin Liam O”Brien

Source Juxtapoz Magazine – Juxtapoz Magazine – Home 

In the center of Justin Liam O’Brien’s Physical Education, you have to look up. There is a circular painting hung from the ceiling, like a fresco from the Renaissance, and in the way O’Brien has been painting in recent years, it feels more than just an ode but a conversation. His painting hero may be George Tooker, but even Tooker wasn’t shy of his ideas of being a Magical Realist and his relationship to the body as almost supernatural. And it seems like O’Brien is letting his characters run free in the universe of the almost real but surely magical imagination. 

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