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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.


North Yorkshire Open Studios


Ian  will be participating once again in the  North Yorkshire Open Studios this year.  His studio is also open by arrangement.

Evening Preview- Friday 30th May                 6-9 pm

Saturday 1st June- Sunday 2nd June       10 am- 5 pm

Saturday 8th June- Sunday 9th June      10 am- 5 pm


Please note that access to Ian's studio involves climbing steps and crossing a lawned garden which will be slippery in bad weather.  

Please contact Ian if you require further information.




RHS Harlow Carr
Artist in Residence

In 2023 Ian  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.

Ian has recently been appointed Artist in Residence at RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate.

His work is on display in the foyer and he will be working in the garden throughout the year. 

 In addition to a One Man Show later in the year he will be available at other events throughout the Summer.  More information will be announced shortly but please contact Ian for further information.


'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 2024. 

Please visit for more information.


         3rd- 5th May 2024

Ian participated in this year's  Printfest, Ulverston, following last year's successful event. 


Shirley Scott, who established 'Handprinted' in 2003 ,selected Ian's print 'Blackmailer's Smile' as the winner at last year's fair.


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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