“Winter in the Boat Dyke – Upton”

A high quality oil on canvas painting by the highly respected English artist Colin Burns (born 1944). It is entitled “Winter in the Boat Dyke – Upton” and depicts sailing yachts moored in the protection of the dyke under an overcast Winter’s sky. Upton is a village on the River Bure in Norfolk, England within The Broads National Park.

Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos.

Frame:  Presented in the original decorative wood frame.

Signature:  Lower right.  Title is inscribed on the reverse of the stretcher.

Provenance:  UK Private collection

Condition:  Painting and frame are both in good condition. There are some shrinkage cracks in the frame commensurate with age.

Measurements:  Painting measures 41 x 31cm and the overall frame 59 x 39cm.

Biography:  Born in 1944, Colin Burns grew up in a Norfolk seaside town. From the age of seven, he began to paint landscapes and sunsets and, as a nine year old, started winning art prizes at school.

At the age of twelve, his parents moved to live in the middle of the country in a marshland farmhouse and his former town life was replaced with beautiful surroundings and the local wildlife. Colin claims that this change of lifestyle was the greatest artistic influence he has experienced. He became more and more involved in painting and began observing the wonders of nature. At the age of sixteen he left school and qualified as an accountant, painting in his spare time and finding an enthusiastic market for his local landscapes.

Colin approached the renowned ‘Tryon’ Gallery in London specialising in wildlife by leading artists. Receiving an enthusiastic response, Colin held his first exhibition at the “Tryon” in 1977 which proved to be a great success! He left his job in 1978 to become a professional artist, painting both in oil and watercolour, concentrating on the East Anglian countryside and the birds that inhabit it. He has now become one of the most •successful artists of the day. The Highlands of Scotland and its moors with its unique Scottish wildlife are also beautifully portrayed along with London scenes and even Central Park in New York, such is the versatility of Colin’s talent with the brush. However it is the East Anglian countryside for which he is regarded as a leading wildlife artist.

For many years Colin Burns was an active committee member of the “Great Yarmouth & District Society of Artists” contributing greatly to this prestigious art group and held the office of chairman and vice-chairman, eventually stepping down to concentrate even more on his art as the international Auction House ‘Christies’ now handles his work through sales in London, New York and Scotland.

Many of his paintings have been reproduced as greetings cards and prints and his original oils and watercolours are keenly sought after and included in important collections in Europe and the USA.


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