Braaq ( Brian Shields) 1951-1997 British AR, Snow, Church and Town
Auction: May 2017
Braaq ( Brian Shields) 1951-1997 British AR, Snow, Church and Town. 11.5 x 9.5 ins., (29.25 x 24.25 cms.), Oil on Board, Signed. This is an exquisite painting by Brian Shields depicting his superb 'snow' scenes with a town, people and church included. The church is an invention by Shields and does not depict any existing building. He used the same church in a number of paintings, see http/www.clark-art.co.uk/artists/4823/15349/ braaq/going-to-church?r=artists%2F4823%2Fbraaq Braaq acquired his nickname whilst at school in recognition of his skills at art. At least his fellow pupils had heard of Georges Braque, would that be true today? He started life as a chef in a Harrogate hotel and acquired tremendous publicity when he anonymously painted murals on a friend's house, who contacted the police as part of the prank informing them thieves had broken into his house. Police searched for five weeks for the artist until a journalist named Braaq. Meanwhile the story had spread world wide and given him huge publicity. He started his artistic career in 1973. His paintings, especially snow scenes, are very popular today. The highest price he has achieved so far is ?70,000 for a racecourse scene. It is remarkable how his prices have escalated in recent times.