Ian Burke was born in Saltburn and was brought up in Redcar. After studying Fine Art at Newcastle University he followed his father’s footsteps and worked as a labourer on the North Sea oil rigs for two years before continuing his studies at Goldsmith’s College, London.
Until recently a resident of Staithes, he now lives close by on the North York Moors and the village continues to inspire him. Many of his strong, unsentimental images depict its boats and buildings and the fishing industry which remains at the heart of this community.
Ian is a dedicated teacher of art who takes great pride in nurturing new talent. He has taught in various comprehensive schools throughout the country, as well as at Rugby School and Eton College where he is now Head of Art.
Exhibitions include: Royal Academy: Summer Show and Young Contemporaries Exhibitions; Eton College; Montage Gallery, Castleton; Shepherd’s Market, Mayfair, London.