Brian Asquith was born in Sheffield in 1930. He enrolled in the junior department of Sheffield College of Art at the age of twelve. At sixteen he won a scholarship to attend the prestigious Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, studying under the sculptor Frank Dobson. Asquith returned to Sheffield in 1953 and established a studio on Eyre Street with the designer David Mellor. In 1963 he set up his own studio at Youlgreave.
During his prestigious career, Brian undertook an enormous variety of work. He worked with Alberto Alessi to recreate some of Christopher Dresser's metalwork designs. He also designed a number of pieces of public art that can be seen in Sheffield city centre today, including water fountains and other fixtures in The Peace Gardens.