It was set up finally by David Riley of Parallel Universe publications:
Brian is a great joker, massive football fan and one of the coolest guys I know. A completely unassuming man, I’d known him for years in Dortmund merely as a brilliant joke teller. I mentioned in the course of one drunken conversation that I needed a portrait for my next CD and he replied ‘I’m a painter’. I thought he meant of walls but it transpired that not only was he a trained fine artist but also an innovative filmmaker. Never mentioned his talent once in all the years I knew him. Some of his eclectic tastes can be seen here on his youtube channel. www.youtube.com/user/dortmundbrian/videos including films of the Tartan Army, Dortmund, documentaries, bands like ‘Magazine’, ‘Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants’, ‘The Glasgow Diamonds’ and his own efforts with Bibo his lovely German wife. His early films appeared on channel 4 and various other places. They changed the way music videos were filmed. Apart from Punk Rock, Brian also has a fascination for the seventies show biz idols and personalities like Ken Dodd (and me of course) – he just can’t seem to get away from all that glitz and fakery.
Brian, who has a lovely dark humour had his own horror story thrust on him, nearly dieing of a heart attack in 2012. At one point he was the sickest man in Scotland and a step away from death. How close? He married his wife in intensive care to the sound of nurses crying outside the door:
Happy ending though. Brian is back on his feet, painting again – specifically the nurses who saved his life
He know does a lot of work raising awareness for donors becasue indeed a donor saved his own life.