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Landscape with Crow
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Royal Ulster Academy Diploma Collection

Landscape with Crow

Lawson Burch (1937–1999)

Royal Ulster Academy Diploma Collection

Artist, teacher and writer who worked in various media, notably acrylic, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied at Stranmillis College with Cyril Mount, and with Belfast College of Art with John Luke. Between 1959–78 taught in various secondary and grammar schools, then became a full-time artist. Burch was an academician of RUA and chairman of Ulster Arts Club, 1986–8. In 1980 he won the George Campbell Award, which enabled him, like Campbell, to live and work in Spain, and to exhibit there. Burch had stories broadcast on BBC radio and presented arts programmes on television. The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was an inspiration, as was the wild beauty of the Donegal landscape, where he settled in Glenties. Group exhibitions included RHA; Independent Artists, Solomon Gallery and The James Gallery, all in Dublin; and Irish Contemporary Art, Boston.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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