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Braaq’s work goes home to Harrogate

22 May 2012Written by Joan Porter

They nicknamed him ‘Braaq’ when he was at school in Liverpool, on account of his artistic talent by kids who maybe didn’t know how to spell Georges Braque’s name.

Brian Shields (1951-97) spent most of his working life in Harrogate painting Lowry-like industrial Northern scenes.

He hit the news when working as a trainee chef in a bleak Harrogate hotel, when he brightened the place up by painting some of its walls with murals which he signed 'Braaq'.

He had his first exhibition in 1977 and became one of the most successful artists in Britain but, sadly, died a bankrupt at the age of 46.

Appearing at Bowman Fairs' Antiques and Art Fair at the Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate on May 26 and 27 will be a selection of Braaq's signed prints and oils from a private collection priced from £150 to £20,000. They will be offered by Jester Antiques of Halifax.

Pieces with an Olympics interest will also be at the fair, with Helen and Simon Main of York bringing some low-priced memorabilia from countries who bid for but didn't get the Games. Simon's vote for the most obscure item goes to a booklet about a meeting of International Olympics medical officers in 1974 to discuss dope testing at the 1972 games, which he's selling for £28.

Contact Helen and Ben Bowman on 01274 588505 for more details.

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