James O’Hern

Appears in: Poets, Filmmakers

Poet, researcher of prehistoric art and a producer of films relating to ancient cultures. He is President of Oysi, Inc. a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving indigenous and oral cultures worldwide.

In the early 1980’s, Mr O’Hern began studying pre-historic art and cultures around the world. He has visited and documented ancient rock art at: the Kimberley and Arnhem Land regions of Australia; Drakensberg and Kamberg areas of South Africa; Brandberg Mountain and Twyfelfontein, Namibia; Lower Pecos, South Texas; and the Atacama desert, Chile. Megalithic art sites visited include various locations in Ireland, Malta and the Carnac region of France. Cave paintings visited in the Pyrenees include Altamira; Castillo; Lascaux; Peche-Merle; and Chauvet (by personal invitation of French pre-historian, Dr. Jean Clottes). He has also visited and studied the ancient culture and art of Çatalhöyük, Turkey.

His first book of poetry, Honoring the Stones honors the author’s connection to the archaic peyote culture, where he was born, and megalithic Ireland, the land of his ancestors. Currently, he is working with Cecilia Vicuña to produce a series of documentaries for Oysi Films.

Jim's background includes over 30 years of investment banking. At age 25, he became a general partner of a New York Stock Exchange Firm, Joseph Faroll & Co, 29 Broadway, NYC. Subsequently, he was Director of Corporate Finance at First California Company in Los Angeles; CEO and manager of real estate investments for Triad America, London, England; COO of AMI Group Health Services, subsidiary of AMI, a Fortune 500 Company; and for the past 15 years a partner and general manager of Tishman Investment Partners, LLC, a real estate investment bank and co-operating partner with Citicorp Private Bank. He studied at Southern Methodist University, University of California at Los Angeles, and the New York University Graduate School of Business. He was born in Laredo, Texas, in 1933 and currently lives in New York City.

He is the author of: "Honoring the Stones", Curbstone Press, 2004, & "Albert", Oysi Books, 2012, and contributed to the anthology "Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory" by Sean Miller, Scriblerus Press, 2008.