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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 Brian’s 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 Shield’s 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”
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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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'Didnt want a bloody game anyway'
Brian Shields was born in Liverpool in 1951. His father Dennis Shields was a highly regarded artist but having twelve children found it difficult t...
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Bonfire Wood
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - 'A Winter’s Afternoon'
A snow clad northern industrial town in late afternoon, a wonderful winter landscape, with families out enjoying the best of the the day, depicted ...
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Millington Adams
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - Skating on Thin Ice
A wonderful winter scene with the local people enjoying a late afternoon skate, set in a Northern town around the mid 20th century - painted by Liv...
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Millington Adams
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - “A Winter’s Afternoon at St Mark’s
A winter weekend’s afternoon with the sun just disappearing over the horizon behind St Mark’s Church in Liverpool, in one of the largest and mo...
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Millington Adams
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - “Liverpool, Monday Morning”
Off to work on a Monday morning in the late 1950’s, observed and remembered from his childhood by renowned Liverpool artist – Brian Shields. ...
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Millington Adams
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - “Sunday morning near Bradmoor’s”
A busy scene on a Sunday morning outside Bradmoor’s Iron Works - painted with an expert eye for humour and detail by Liverpool artist – Brian S...
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Millington Adams
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - “The Last day of the Fair”
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 un...
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Brian Shields (BRAAQ) - “Woodcock’s on Kinder Street”
A busy scene on a Saturday morning outside Woodcock’s greengrocer’s on Kinder Street in Liverpool - delightfully captured with imagination and ...
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Millington Adams
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Sunday Morning
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