Born in Liverpool in 1951, Brian Shields was brought into an artistic family of twelve children.
Having not been encouraged to become an artist, Brian Shields became a trainee chef working at a drab hotel. Looking to brighten up the hotel, Shields painted a mural, signing it Braaq to hide his identity.
Shields was unveiled as the artist by a journalist and went on to become a professional artist holding his first solo exhibition in 1974 and continued to paint until his untimely death from a brain haemorrage in 1997.
Braaq’s paintings are now amongst the most collectable on the Northern art scene and increasingly valued and sought after.