“Committing a moment in memory to an art form that allows that memory to become a visual memory to all which can influence and exist for eternity is the true art of an artist.” – Vincent O’Brien
Vincent and Paul O’Brien, Painters, Restorers and Conservators of the past, present and upholding the future.
Their father Ned O’Brien was an unconventional man, who took pride in the old time traditions and methods of painting and restoring and he instilled this in his boys.
They gained their knowledge and skill primarily from their time spent in their fathers business, learning his skill and talents by working and restoring old and listed buildings, churches, restoring Statutes or old paintings and their fragile frames by mixing natural paint substances to keep project authentic became second nature to them.
Naturally Vincent and Paul became more inclined at a young age, to paint and explore, than take up sport and this was borne out by their taking over the business in 1990 and taking this business from painting to an exquisite craftsmanship business. This took Vincent and Paul down many roads. They have built a client base, in addition to Ireland, in England, France and America.
Tradition is important and keeping with the tradition of their father Ned O’Brien, who graduated from City and Guilds London in 1959 and in 1988/89 the O’Brien Brothers were awarded their City and Guilds (Advanced in Painting and Decorating) from Bolton Street.
They also have Irish teaching qualifications so that they can conduct workshops and issue qualifications in: Marbling, Gilding, Gold Leaf Application, Stencilling, Conservation/restoration techniques.
Studying painting and decorating in Bolton Street-Dublin, Life drawing in Dun Laoghaire, attending painting techniques and application workshops in America, giving talks on best paint product and practice, to exhibiting a collection of watercolour paintings, it is fair to say that the O’Brien Brothers have experience in all aspects of art, its restoration, preservation and conservation.