He grew up in a small working class nationalist community in North Belfast during the 1960’s, ’70’s and ‘80’s; a time of the most turbulent years in Northern Irish history. His childhood was one of sectarian violence, attacks on his home, and harassment by the British Army. He was witness to bombings, shootings, riots, punishment beatings and kneecappings.
His childhood robbed, Brian became embroiled in the perpetuating cycle of violence under the guise of political struggle. He finally left Northern Ireland in 1998, served in the U.S. military from 2001 – 2011, which included an overseas tour. He has since left active duty and is producing a series of paintings based on his experiences
Brian Rock joined Fine Art America on January 9th, 2012.