Since 1984 Brian has been the art critic of the London Evening Standard, one of its political columnists and a writer on historic and collectors’ motor cars, winning national and international press awards in all three spheres. In April 2003 he was awarded “The George Orwell” prize for his political/current affairs column on the Evening Standard. In February 2004 he received the “Art Critic of the Year Award” for his weekly column on Visual Arts. He has written exhibition catalogues for the Royal Academy, the British Council and the Council of Europe, contributed to the catalogues of the Royal Collection, worked for a decade at Christie’s, the international art auctioneers, as an expert on old masters, and is a consultant to museums and galleries in the USA, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa.
He is a well known broadcaster and has contributed to a range of radio, television & cinema commercials. He is a regular contributor to Sky News, ITV/ITN, C4 News, CNN, CBS & NBC News. He has also contributed to numerous Radio 4 programmes covering the arts as well as a variety of intellectual quiz shows.
In between his busy schedule, he continues to write for numerous publications. He is well known for his corporate and public speaking and keynote talks for a variety of major art exhibitions in London.
His private interests are music and animal welfare. He writes often on opera, on the plight of endangered bears, tigers and apes, and on the exploitation of farm animals. He raises funds for the rescue and re-homing of abandoned and ill-treated domestic pets in one of the most deprived areas of London and keeps three dogs. One of his most memorable dogs had been rescued from Turkey. His London garden, densely overcrowded with trees and shrubs, has been deliberately developed as a haven for wildlife.