The Story Behind TIME's 'Year One' Joe Biden Cover




Joe Biden One Year Grid Tim O
Joe Biden One Year Grid Tim O'Brien  

Credit - Illustrations by Tim O'Brien for TIME

As President Joseph Biden closes in on his first year in office, the Jan. 31, 2022, TIME cover returns to a familiar setting-a gloomy Oval Office.

Artist Tim O'Brien christened Biden's administration with "Day One," a Feb. 1, 2021, cover depicting the cluttered mess he was facing upon entering office.

His latest, "Year One," depicts the president facing a growing storm with COVID-19 tests stacked up in the corner and issues like inflation, Russian President Vladimir Putin's maneuvering, domestic policy, and the prospect of the return of Donald Trump to the national stage, adding to the gloomy forecast.

"This new cover shows Biden in a cleaned-up office, but the tasks remain, and the mounting issues gather like storm clouds," says O'Brien, who has painted more TIME covers (36 and counting) than any artist in the past 50 years, including subjects ranging from the Catholic church to Osama Bin Laden.

As TIME's Molly Ball and Brian Bennett write in their cover story, "the pandemic he promised to bring to heel rages out of control. Inflation is at a four-decade high, canceling out rising wages. The border is a mess; violent crime continues to rise. His approval rating has sunk to the low 40s."

Adds O'Brien: "A year later, Biden sits at the resolute desk, with mounting tasks and threats and a persistent COVID pandemic all still lingering. The country needs him to rise to the moment before it really starts raining."

The image of growing storms has appeared several times on TIME covers by O'Brien in the past five years. He created a series of four covers, the first such series in TIME's 98-year history, featuring Trump inside the Oval Office as rainstorms gathered inside: "Nothing to See Here" (Feb. 27, 2017), "Stormy" (April 23, 2018), "In Deep" (Sept. 3, 2018) and "The Plague Election" (Aug. 17, 2020). The "Stormy" cover was named 2018 Cover of the Year by AdWeek and received a Gold medal from the Art Director's Club.

Illustrations by Tim O
Illustrations by Tim O'Brien for TIME  

Outside of his collaboration with TIME, O'Brien has created work which has appeared in publications all over the world, as well as several on U.S. postage stamps including the popular Hunger Games trilogy. Two of his TIME magazine covers-one with Bill Clinton and Bob Dole and the other with the "Grand Old Populists," both published in 1996-reside in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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