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Werner May (Germany)
             About the Artist: Michael O‘Brien

                                            1970‘s: „Family“   For example one short impression about his no-

                                                               Michael O’Brien lives near Combermere, Onta-
                                                               rio. He and his wife Sheila have six children and
                                                               eight grandchildren.

             Born in Ottawa in 1948, Michael O’Brien is the
             author of twenty-eight books, notably the no-
             vel Father Elijah and eleven other novels, which
             have been published in fourteen languages and
             widely reviewed in both secular and religious                         1990‘s: „Christ in Gethsemane“
             media in North America and Europe.
             Since 1970 he has also worked as a professional
             artist and has had more than 40 exhibits across   Michael O’Brien answers to questions
             North America. Since 1976 he has painted re-      of Werner May
             ligious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges
             from  liturgical  commissions  to  visual  reflec-  Werner: You are writing and you are painting.
             tions  on  the  meaning  of  the  human  person.   This is extraordinary. Which came first? Are
             His  paintings  hang  in  churches,  monasteries,   there roots in your family or in your child-
             universities, community collections and private   hood?
             collections throughout the world.

                                                               Michael:  My  writing  began  only  in  the  late
             “In all my work I seek to contribute to the re-   1970s.  I  began  painting  in  1970,  shortly  after
             storation of Christian culture. I try to express   my conversion to the Catholic faith. The inspi-
             the holiness of existence and the dignity of the   ration for visual creativity arrived unexpectedly
             human person situated in an incarnational uni-    and in great force, first as an outpouring of dra-
             verse. Each visual image and each work of prose   wing and then my first attempts at painting. My
             is an incarnation of a word, a statement of faith.   father had been a hobby painter, and perhaps
             At the same time, it asks the questions: What     this was a part of the inspiration - or a factor
             is most noble and eternal in man? Who is he?      in my receptivity to the inspiration. Most of all,
             Why does he exist? And what is his eternal de-    it was a gift from God, grace building on my
             stiny?”                                           human nature.

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