Braaq 1951-1997

Brian Shields was born in Liverpool in 1951, His father Dennis Shields was a highly regarded artist but on account of having twelve children was unable to support his family through painting alone. Brian's eldest brother pursued a successful career in America as a sculptor.

The unusual name of 'braaq' is a misspelling of the famous French artist Braque which, on account of his artistic talent as a boy, was his nickname at school. The name 'Ann' after his own signature was his sister who died at the young age of 21 and to whose memory all of his subsequent paintings were dedicated.

Brian was discouraged from becoming a professional artist and after leaving school became a trainee chef in a somewhat drab hotel in Harrogate. In an attempt to brighten the place he painted a mural. This mural caused a great deal of interest in the area but as he had signed it 'Braaq', the true identity of the artist remained a mystery until a local journalist identified Brian Shields as the painter.

From this point he never looked back, holding his first exhibition in 1974. In 1977 he was invited to hold his first of four exhibitions in London's West End. It was after this exhibition that 'The Times' described him as "one of the six most successful artists in England".

All Brian's paintings are based, in a humorous way, on his childhood memories of Liverpool. He frequently painted himself as a boy wearing a striped jumper.

In 1997 at the age of 46 Brian died, leaving a contribution to the art world which ranks him among the leading artists in the country.

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Braaq - Beach Scene with Punch and Judy

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Braaq - Birthday Skates

Watercolour

5 x 4 ins (12.70 x 10.16 cms)

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Braaq - Busy Street

Braaq

Busy Street

Pencil drawing

10.25 x 8 ins (26.04 x 20.32 cms)

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Braaq - Children by a Lake

Oil on Board

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Christmas Eve in Liverpool

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Braaq - Church With Figures

Pastel

8¾ x 5¾ ins (22.23 x 14.61 cms)

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Braaq - Don't Just Stand There Betty, Get Hold of the Rope

Oil on Board

12 x 10 ins (30.48 x 25.40 cms)

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Braaq - Drakes Shop Front and Figures

Pastel

8¼ x 11¾ ins (20.96 x 29.85 cms)

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Braaq - Duke of Argyll

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Evening Skaters

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Braaq - Figures by a Church

Oil on Board

12 x 10 ins (30.48 x 25.40 cms)

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Braaq - First Of Many

Oil on canvas

18¼ x 24¼ ins (46.36 x 61.60 cms)

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Braaq - Fog on the Tyne

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Git up you Devil

Oil on Board

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Going to the Pit

Oil on canvas

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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Braaq - Goldfish Time

Oil on canvas

12 x 10 ins (30.48 x 25.40 cms)

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Braaq - Hope the Ice doesn't Crack

Oil on canvas

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Industrial Landscape with Figures Skating

Pastel

8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

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Braaq - Industrial Scene with Figures near a Mill

Oil on Board

17½ x 24 ins (44.45 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Maypole in School Yard

Oil on canvas

23¾ x 25¾ ins (60.33 x 65.41 cms)

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Braaq - Robinsons shop Front With Figures

Pastel

8¼ x 11¾ ins (20.96 x 29.85 cms)

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Braaq - Sefton Park

Braaq

Sefton Park

Oil on Board

18 x 24 ins (45.72 x 60.96 cms)

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Braaq - Skaters on a Frozen Pond

Oil on Board

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Braaq - The Artist by a lake at Dusk

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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Braaq - The Bandstand

Oil on canvas

16 x 20 ins (40.64 x 50.80 cms)

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