Mr. O'Brien spent the formative years of his life performing with his family in a number of circuses throughout the United States, including the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus, and the Shrine Circus. When his parents retired from the ring and settled in Central Florida, Liam continued to perform, but this time as a Costumed Character at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
For over ten years Liam worked as a Scenic Artist, painting set pieces and backdrops for a variety of amusement parks, retail stores, and stage shows. Select projects include: M&M Museum (Las Vegas, Nevada), Jurassic Park River Ride at Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL), and Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchises located throughout the United States.
When Liam moved to New York City he was active in the fine arts as a production manager for a number of prominent visual artists including: Takashi Murakami, Michael Riedel, Aya Takano, and Mickalene Thomas. The paintings that he produced under these artists are now in a number of prominent art collections and have been exhibited in major art museums and galleries throughout the world.
In 2013, Mr O'Brien started painting signs and murals for local businesses and restaurants in his neighborhood. This pursuit started with a web page and a hand full of flyers... but eventually his craft garnered more interest and opportunities. A hand painted sign can offer a business a level of sophistication and charm that cannot be captured in vinyl; each sign is its own unique work of art!Select clients include: The Guggenheim Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Zwirner Gallery.
Mr O'Brien currently lives/works in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and young daughter. He enjoys going to the movies, fixing things, and painting/drawing.
I was interviewed by NBC News (2015) for a segment about my artwork.
The O'Brien Family Circus Archives
My father discovered the art of juggling during his high school years and this passion lead him to begin performing on stage and vaudeville throughout the United States. He attended universities in Germany, France, and Ireland, and did a seasoned tour as the "Great Boston" for the illustrious Duffy Circus.
Terry and Camille met in Washington D.C. at the National Security Agency where they both worked as linguists and cryptologists. The two did the improbable and ran away with the circus, spending fifteen years traveling around North America while raising a family. They performed on such shows as Clyde Beatty/Cole Bros. Circus, King Bros. Circus, Circo Atayde Mexico, Hanneford Circus, Carson and Barnes Circus, Nordmark Circus, TNT Circus, as well as on various television programs including the Mike Douglas Show, Circus (Canada), and the Bozo Show. In 2004, Terry wrote a book about his adventures on the circus entitled, Close but no cigar - A Street Urchins Tale, now a collector's item!