Brian was born in Waterford City in 1975. He spent the first five years in Tramore but later grew up in Loughrea, County Galway and the suburbs of Cork City. He graduated from University College Cork in 1997 with a BA Degree in Archaeology and Celtic Civilisation and in 2002 completed a Masters of Science in Palaeoecology at Queens University Belfast. After his primary degree he spent 14 years working on archaeological projects in over 15 counties throughout Ireland. Although he spent much of the first 6 years working on archaeological excavations he later went on to specialise in surveying, historic building recording and project management.
In 2012 Brian embarked on a sabbatical from commercial archaeology to pursue a career in arts administration. Since then he has provided freelance arts administration services to local arts organisations such as Sirius Arts Centre, Backwater Artists Group, The Cork French Film Festival, The Lewis Glucksman Gallery and the Cork City Council Arts Office. He also fills the role of researcher, videographer and photographer for The Pallasboy Project.
Brian graduated from the MA in Art + Process at the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2014 with 1st class honours and was awarded the graduate residency at the MA studios in 2015. He is a member and studio holder with The Cork Artists Collective since 2016. His studio practice combines archaeological, archival and artistic processes.