About Us

After spending his teenage years at art college Brian’s career took him straight on to undertake a long apprenticeship in the art of traditional signwriting and goldleaf gilding.

During his time as an apprentice in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Brian was privileged to work alongside (and learn from) highly skilled artisans in all of the arts and crafts associated with signwriting and gilding, including reverse glass gilding and architectural gilding. His teachers were, by anyone’s standards, amongst the best in the signage business of that era. He still has the utmost respect for, and very fond memories of, the people who taught him his skills many years ago.

Over the next decade Brian (who had by then become known locally as ‘Brian the Brush’ due to his expertise with the signwriter’s brushes!) decided to start up his own business. What else could he call it, other than BRIAN THE BRUSH?

His business rapidly grew and he gained an excellent reputation in his field, initially concentrating just on the Yorkshire area, but eventually gaining a nationwide reputation as one of the country’s finest traditional signwriters and gilders and work took him and his team all over the United Kingdom.

Over the four decades Brian has watched signage ‘fads’ come and go, but the traditional skills he owns and values have never really died and there is actually a huge surge in the demand for traditional signage now. Consequently, we are as busy as we’ve ever been! Brian and his team still travel nationwide creating superb signage and gilding projects for trade and public alike; only now Brian the Brush has over forty years worth of expertise to call upon and he has, quite rightly, earned the same respect from his students as he gave to his own mentors when he was a youth. Whilst Brian is more than happy to offer a vinyl service if a client prefers this , he is is proud to be a true artisan of the ‘old school’ traditional skills and values associated with hand signwriting and goldleaf gilding.

In summary, Brian the Brush Ltd is a family run business led by a man with outstanding artistic ability and a team packed with enthusiasm for the art of traditional signage and gilding.

Unlike some companies offering hand painted signage, Brian the Brush is a GENUINE time-served traditional signwriter and gilder, and also something of an original and one-off himself!

Please do browse our portfolio where you will see just a small selection of the projects we have undertaken, all of which show the wide range and diversity of the team’s artistic skills. Feel free to give us a call to chat with Brian or one of the team about your project.

We strive continuously to be 100% reliable, deliver all projects on time and within budget. We provide a fast and efficient NATIONWIDE service. No job is too large or too small. We particularly enjoy the challenge of difficult projects and all staff are fully trained and insured. Brian the Brush Ltd is one of the most experienced signwriting companies in the business! We like to think we are the best. Led by a “superstar and a living legend” how could we not be the best!