Harbourside artist’s 50 years immortalising beauty of port
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’
Terry Burke pictured at work in his studio on his 80th birthday