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Brian 'Braaq' Shields painting coming up at Lindsay Burns & Company Auction

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, in which case, L.S. Lowry must be one of the most 'flattered' artists around. His instantly familiar industrial landscapes populated by matchstick men and women have always had a Marmite quality of love or hate about them. Firmly in the loving Lowry category are the many artists who have been inspired by his views and have produced their own versions. One of the most successful, certainly now in financial value, is Brian 'Braaq' Shields (1951-97). He was dubbed the 'Liverpool Lowry' for pretty obvious reasons when you see one of his paintings, such as an example coming up at the Lindsay Burns & Company auction in Perth, Scotland, on August 16 & 17. The colours are a bit brighter and more defined overall, the people are perhaps cripser, but the style is inescapably Lowry. Gee-up Ginger is a 44.5 x 59.5cm acrylic on wood painting, signed and dated lower right 'braaq 78 Ann'. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000 inthe Lindsay Burns & Company Sale, a guide price reflecting Shields' popularity among collectors, the fact that it comes fresh to the market, having never been offered at auction before, and a strong provenance- all key factors for bidders. Gee-up Ginger was purchased by the current vendors father in 1978 for £650 and he had hung it in the family home since. He bought it from Shepherds Gallery, Windermere, Cumbria, in July 1978. It was on display in the summer exhibition No.10. The auction house say the dated original reciept and a copy of the summer exhibition catalogue page detailing this lot are available.

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