Brixham based Artist, Terry Burke, 1927-2018

The late Terry Burke, artist based in Brixham Devon

Celebrated fine artist Terry Burke was a well-known character and much-loved familiar sight to thousands of locals and regular visitors to Brixham harbourside. Dressed in his eye catching bright red artist smock he could be seen most days with his easel sketching impressions of Brixham landscapes, picturesque coastal scenes with colourful fishing boats, fishermen and pencil drawn commissions.

Yorkshire born Terry was a contemporary of David Hockney whilst studying at Bradford College of Art. He progressed to Leeds College of Art where he developed his craft and then enrolled with the Army Medical Corps as part of his National Service. He later qualified as an art teacher spending many years teaching until he relocated to the English Riviera in the late 50’s for health reasons. Initially Terry moved to Torquay and then settled in Brixham where he set up home and established his art studio.

Terry worked with acrylics, watercolours and oils and his renaissance style paintings have attracted much attention on a local, national and international scale. Many of his pieces have been exhibited at art galleries overseas and are held in private collections. He became part of the St Ives artists collective and Brixham Artists, a showcase of some of the finest creative talents in the Westcountry. The Brixham Artists were depicted in a series of Brixham postcards during the ‘60s and ‘70s further cementing a long association with the area.

Terry passed away on 31 October 2018 aged 90. A funeral service was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea church in Brixham and was well attended by the many people in the local community who knew and loved him. A funeral cortege processed through the quaint fishing town marking the spot on the harbourside where he worked for over 55 years.

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