Braaq

Braaq (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 Braaq’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.

We are always interested in purchasing Braaq’s originals, please contact us if you are wishing to sell.

  • Braaq - Gerr of us!
    Braaq
    Gerr of us!
  • Braaq - It’s Over There!
    Braaq
    It’s Over There!
  • Braaq - The Football Match
    Braaq
    The Football Match
  • Braaq - What have you done with our dog, Albert?
    Braaq
    What have you done with our dog, Albert?
  • Braaq - Three Girls
    Braaq
    Three Girls
  • Braaq - Self Portrait
    Braaq
    Self Portrait
  • Braaq - Pop
    Braaq
    Pop
  • Braaq - Me Playing on a Frozen Pond
    Braaq
    Me Playing on a Frozen Pond
  • Braaq - Damn It’s Caught Again!
    Braaq
    Damn It’s Caught Again!
  • Braaq - Street Scene
    Braaq
    Street Scene
  • Braaq - Orange Sky
    Braaq
    Orange Sky
  • Braaq - Splat
    Braaq
    Splat
  • Braaq - Wish These Two Were a Pair of Bulldogs
    Braaq
    Wish These Two Were a Pair of Bulldogs
  • Braaq - Old Man with Newspaper
    Braaq
    Old Man with Newspaper
  • Braaq - Sledging
    Braaq
    Sledging
  • Braaq - Figures in a Winter Landscape
    Braaq
    Figures in a Winter Landscape
  • Braaq - He Couldn’t Catch a Puddin!
    Braaq
    He Couldn’t Catch a Puddin!
  • Braaq - Me and Me Mam in the Park (Sefton)
    Braaq
    Me and Me Mam in the Park (Sefton)
  • Braaq - Summer Fete with Industrial Backgroud
    Braaq
    Summer Fete with Industrial Backgroud
  • Braaq - Self Portrait – Having a Cigarette
    Braaq
    Self Portrait – Having a Cigarette
  • Braaq - Study of a Man Walking
    Braaq
    Study of a Man Walking
  • Braaq - Study of a Young Girl with Hoop
    Braaq
    Study of a Young Girl with Hoop
  • Braaq - Ballerina I
    Braaq
    Ballerina I
  • Braaq - Ballerina II
    Braaq
    Ballerina II
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