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Ian Burke was born in Saltburn and grew up in Redcar before studying Fine Art at Newcastle University. Having completed a Master's at Goldsmith's College London he established a career in teaching art at schools including Queen Catherine's School, Kendal, Barnard Castle School and Rugby School.  He was the Drawing Master at Eton College for twenty years until December 2021.  Ian continued to devote himself to his own practical work throughout his teaching career, producing a series of one man shows and group shows.  He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Shows and won several national prizes.  

Ian now devotes himself to producing paintings and prints in his studio at home on the North Yorkshire Moors. Much of his work is inspired by the local environment, particularly the nearby village of Staithes on the Yorkshire coast where Ian lived for four years.  He is interested in the local community and traditions of the area as much as the landscape and wildlife.

Ian's work is available in several galleries including Staithes Gallery and the Pineapple Gallery in Bishop Auckland.  Please contact these galleries for more details and availability.



Royal Academy

Ian is currently represented at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2023.

The exhibition runs between the 13th June and the 20th of August.

Ian recently featured in 'Robson Green's Weekend Escapes' on BBC Two.  His drawing lesson in Staithes with Robson Green and Mark Benton is available on BBC iPlayer.


'Inspired By' Gallery 

Ian is participating in several exhibitions at the 'Inspired By' gallery at Danby Lodge National Park Centre.

He is a Represented Artist for 2023 and he will be displaying work at 'The Depths of Sea and Coast' exhibition from Saturday the 27th of May until Sunday the 9th of July.

Please visit for more information.



Shirley Scott, who established 'Handprinted' in 2003 ,selected Ian's print 'Blackmailer's Smile' as the winner at Ulverston's recent 'Printfest2023' event.


North Yorkshire Open Studios


Ian is participating in the North Yorkshire Open Studios this year.  His studio will be open on 3/4th and 10th/ 11th of June. His paintings and prints, as well as his printing press will be on display.  Please visit the website for further information.  


A selection of Ian's prints are presently on display at the 'Inspired By' Gallery  at the Danby Moors Centre as part of the NYOS event. 


Selected Exhibitions and Awards

Ian has exhibited widely in group shows and individually.  He has exhibited at venues including Staithes Gallery; Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk; The Green Fuse Gallery, Westport, Ireland and Aldeburgh Contemporary.


He has been selected to exhibit at the Royal Academy Summer Shows, Bankside Gallery and Wells Contemporary. 


Recent Awards include:

The Glasgow Print Prize 2019 (in collaboration with Ade Adesina RSA)- 'Whitby Translated'

RK Harrison Prize 2019, Wells Art Contemporary (with Ade Adesina RSA)- 'Whitby Translated'

People's Choice Award, National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London 2019 'Stonegate Owl'

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