The paintings of Peter Burns depict the vanished world of the Tyneside shipyards, the character of the people who worked thereand the lost trades of the ship building industry. With his first-hand experience of life in the shipyards, Peter was uniquely placed to capture the spirit of the yards and the peoplewho worked there. This exhibition covers the period that Peter was working in the Tyne shipyards from the late 1960s onwards. Most of the work in this exhibition has never previously been on public view.
About Peter Burns
Peter was born in 1944. After leaving school he served his apprenticeship at the Swan Hunter shipyard on the Tyne.
Peter spent his working lifeas a ship’s plater at the Swan Hunter Shipyard at Wallsendand it was here that he foundmuch of the subject matter for his paintings. He is a mostly self-taught artist who cites the work of Leonardo da Vinci as one of his main artistic influences.
In 1978 a placement with British Shipbuilders gave Peter an opportunity to visit and paint in shipyards throughout the north of England over a period of 18 months. This project resulted in an exhibition of his work at the Northumbria University Gallery.
In 1984, Peter was invited by Shell UK to provide the illustrations for a calendar entitled ‘Shell and the Community’. Two of Peter’s paintings subsequently went on show at The Barbican Centre in London as part of an exhibition marking 60 years of Shell advertising.
Peter’s work has featured in several books including Where the Wall Endsand theShipyard Muddling collections of poetry of his friend and work colleague, the late Jack Davitt.
Peter’s work was included in The Shipyard Painters exhibition which was held at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Tyneside in 2016.
Now retired from the shipbuilding industry, Peter continues to paint at home in Low Fell.
NorthEast crime writer, Ann Cleeves, chose Peter’s paintingWilliam – a shipyard workeras her Favourite Painting for an article in Country Life magazine. Ann will be attending this special preview event on the 5th April to launch the exhibition for us.
The exhibition is in a multi use space. Please check in advance to see if it is accessible.
The exhibition continues in our top floor gallery opens to the public on 8th April and runs until 12th May 2019.
This exhibition is presented by The Net North Shields and Tynemouth Fine Art.