Brian Shields (Braaq) – Pencil Drawing (Sold)


Brian Shields (Braaq) – Pencil Drawing

Artist: Brian Shields (Braaq)

Type: Original Pencil Drawing on Paper

Signed Bottom left

Painting Size: 9″ x 7″ Inches. Approximate Framed Size 18″ x 16″ Inches



Brian Shields (Braaq) (1951 – 1997)

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

The unusual name ‘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, subsequently 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 “undoubtedly one of the six most successful artists in England”.

World Record Price

At auction a Braaq oil entitled ‘Does that mean there’s no Dinner Now?’ Which is a painting of a Horse Race at Doncaster race course sold for a world record price of £56,000 on the hammer (Over £70,000 Inc Fee’s)

All Braaq paintings are based, in a humorous way, on his childhood memories of Liverpool. But he frequently painted himself as a boy wearing a striped jumper.

In 1997 at the age of 46 Brian sadly died. However he left a contribution to the art world which ranks him among the leading artists in the country.

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