Born in Liverpool, David O’Brien went to school at St Margaret’s in Aigburth, in his early years football was his passion, captaining his school football team and playing against players such as Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler amongst others…
During a holiday in the 1990’s in Barcelona, whilst visiting the various tourist attractions he visited Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell which is where his passion for mosaic art was first founded.
O’Brien likes to make mosaics that are influenced by his own passions such as iconic music album covers, fine works of art, rare racing cars, vintage posters and iconic buildings. His attention to detail, discipline and patience are paramount in producing each artwork. Every mosaic work is totally unique and made with great attention to detail. O’Brien is not happy unless he is happy himself to display each completed work in his own home. He loves ‘getting cracking’ with each and every stage, from the initial idea, through to choosing tile depths and finishes, to completion, but often changing things as he goes.
Working mainly under the name of ‘Big & Small Mosaics’, O’Brien has made some recent BBC television appearances on shows including ‘Home Is Where The Art Is’ and DIY SOS, both hosted by Nick Knowles, For DIY SOS he made and donated a mosaic for the Sweet family in Weston-Super-Mare. He has also made radio appearances and been in local press talking about his art.
As the name Big & Small Mosaics suggests O’Brien loves to make both big and small mosaics, also his daughter Olivia (aka small mosaic) likes to chip in! Both are proving a hit with art galleries across the U.K.
O’Brien particularly loves making commissions for his clients and seeing the reaction afterwards.
Now living in rural Bickerstaffe in Lancashire, married to Kim and Dad of Lawrie and Olivia, David O’Brien’s artwork is now going from strength to strength and he is being exhibited by a wide variety of galleries and held in private collections across the U.K. Europe and U.S.A.