Har­bour­side artist’s 50 years im­mor­tal­is­ing beauty of port

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One of Devon’s best-known artists, who cap­tured the beauty of Brix­ham and fea­tured on count­less post­cards of the port, has died at the age of 90.

Terry Burke was born in Brad­ford and was a con­tem­po­rary of David Hock­ney at Brad­ford Col­lege of Art.

He joined the Army Med­i­cal Corps, then qual­i­fied as an art teacher.

He moved to Torquay, and in 1957 started paint­ing at Mid­dle Quay in Brix­ham as a pro­fes­sional artist.

His work was pub­lished in print or card form by all the ma­jor houses of the day, and he gave one-man ex­hi­bi­tions in Lon­don, Brad­ford, Croy- don, Hen­ley and Berlin, plus two re­li­gious art ex­hi­bi­tions in York­shire.

His work went on show at Churston Church and Sa­cred Heart Church in Paign­ton.

His friend An­drew Stock­man, of the Strand Art Gallery, said: “He never sought wealth as an artist. He was just happy to paint and for peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate his work.”

On Brix­ham har­bour­side the fa­mous ma­rine artist John Chan­cel­lor gave him paint­ing tips which he used up un­til his re­tire­ment due to fail­ing sight at the age of 85.

Terry worked in oils, acrylics and water­colours, mainly paint­ing the ever- chang­ing light in Brix­ham.

The li­censed har­bour­side artists of that time each wore a dif­fer­ent colour smock to iden­tify them.

Post­cards of the quay­side at the time showed him at work in his dis­tinc­tive red smock and black beret.

One of his paint­ings of Brix­ham hangs on show in the Bri­tan­nia Royal Naval Col­lege Bri­tan­nia at Dart­mouth.

Mr Stock­man added: “Terry will be much missed by his fel­low artists who painted along­side him, not only for his art, his paint­ings, and his long his­tory of paint­ing with them, but also for his spir­i­tu­al­ity, his quiet sense of hu­mour, and his unique way of al­ways be­ing so pos­i­tive through the ups and downs of life.”

More than 100 peo­ple at­tended his Re­quiem Mass at the Our Lady Star of the Sea church in’ Brix­ham.

The fu­neral cortege stopped at the har­bour­side for a few mo­ments at the spot where Terry painted.

‘He was just happy for peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate his work’

An­drew Stock­man

Terry Burke pic­tured at work in his stu­dio on his 80th birth­day

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