21st Century Maverick - an artist's statement

I was born in Liverpool, attended the same school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and went to the same Art School as John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe. I'm told that pre-Hamburg, the Beatles (and Gerry and the Pacemakers)rehearsed every Wednesday afternoon in my Nan's parlour.

In 1994, I relocated to Wales where I currently live and work.

I worked (on and off) with Jamie Reid (Sex Pistols graphic designer) for almost twenty years, as his assistant and exhibition designer, and now concentrate on my own artworks.

My current preoccupations include exploring the notions cultural identity, and social commentary on issues ranging from national and world events, to concerns about climate change.

Amongst society's relics, flags, targets and consumer design comprise the elements of my most recent works. Nostalgia for a future yet to come? Nostalgia is not what it used to be.

I want to create a new ‘Pop’ or ‘folk’ art that will resonate with those who would not normally visit galleries. You don't need a Degree to decide whether-or-not you like them, and that is how it should be.

Humour is an integral element within the works, as is music, and they have far more in common with the painters of barge ware than with the ‘art’ of my contemporaries; I can fit in anywhere, but belong nowhere.

Oil paintings, collages, printmaking, assemblages and the written word are the means of my expression, and all can be found within this site.

I have exhibited in many countries including South Korea, USA and Japan, and have a keen interest in many types of works, ranging from classical Western Renaissance, advertising materials, and everyday items from prehistory.

I also accept commissions from bands, record companies and other clients.


Latest News

May 2014

Brian's ‘Zip It Up and Start Again’ screen print is now showing at the Fundacion CIEC, Betanzos, Galicia, Spain.

The print is also showing simultaneously at GaleRica, Mkarska, Croatia.

February 2014

The Critical Mass’ portfolio will be showing at the Little Art Parlour Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia, until 14th February 2014.

October 2013

Zip It Up and Start Again’ in Buenos Aires ... read more ...

Zip It Up and Start Again’ shows in October ... read more ...

July 2013

Open Doors’ group show featuring studio artists from Llanfyllin's Workhouse ... read more ...

June 2013

Zip It Up and Start Again’ at Calgary University Art Gallery ... read more ...

Nelson Mandala’ print sold for £546 ... read more ...

Brian has contributed artwork to the Oli Bennett secret postcard sale ... read more ...

April 2013

Nelson Mandala’ image is available as a signed Limited Edition print ... read more ...

The artist has been invited back to Derry/ L'Derry in the autumn ... read more ...

Brian's ‘Zip It Up and Start Again’ print will be showing in Vienna during May ... read more ...

March 2013

Brokeback Britain’ will be part of a feature in the June issue of Kunstbeeld ... read more ...

Zip It Up and Start Again’ print will be showing at the SGC International 2013 ... read more ...

Brian's ‘Free Pussy Riot’ design discussed by Stuart Maconie on the radio ... read more ...

December 2012

Brian will be showing 10 pieces at the ‘Deck The Walls ... read more ...

October 2012

A new collage, ‘Free Pussy Riot’, commissioned to accom for ‘Through Disobedience We Progress’ exhibition, has been added to the New Clients gallery ... read more ...