Born in Somerset and trained in fine art, Brian had grown up at a time when illustration, which he loved and was fascinated by, was in it's heyday and he became an illustrator working freelance for various publishers and agencies in London. At the same time he regularly produced and exhibited his own work with a growing interest in portraiture. The advent of the Apple computer changed everything, for Brian and many professional artists at that time illustration as an art form almost ceased to exist and afterwards Brian concentrated on painting for exhibition and commissioned portraits.
He has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and his many and varied commissions have included George Melly, Christy Moore, and Elvis Prelsey for album covers and portraits of Sir John Barbirolli for Lady Evelyn Barbirolli and to hang in Trinity College.
Whilst living in Ireland he was invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Carlow Eigse, and held several solo exhibitions. He was commissioned to produce a large painting for the Dáil in Dublin containing a number of portraits of Irish politicians and heroes of the Republic and was later engaged as resident artist during the Irish general election campaign.
Solo exhibitions have included:
Jorgensen Fine Art Dublin
Taylor Gallery Belfast
Wexford Opera Festival
Black Stairs Blues Festival
Cork Jazz Festival
Martin's Gallery Cheltenham
Warner Brothers, U.S.A.
Leinster House, (The Dáil) Dublin
Office Public Works, Dublin
Ruairi Quinn, T.D.Minister of Education, Irish Republic
Trinity College, London
Lady Evelyn Barbirolli
Canadian Prime Minister
Dermot Desmond, Irish Republic
Judge Michael Rich Q.C.
Mr & Mrs Lonnegan, Concorde, New Hampshire
After moving to live in France he placed less emphasis on portraiture, and concentrated almost entirely on figure work, and there is now a considerable demand for his nudes and figure studies. Recently he has very happliy returned to his roots and lives in Devon and regularly shows and sells his work in the UK, Belfast, and Dublin.