Collection: Colin Burrows


Colin Burrows (1945-2002) was born in Hammersmith and lived in London until 1969.   Early on he became interested in painting sets for his model railway and progressed to easel painting at Ealing School of Art.  From 1963-1969 he studied Painting and Aesthetics at the Slade School of Art, University College, in London, where he also exhibited with the Young Contemporaries at the Whitechapel Gallery.  


In 1963 his painting “Taxi with James” was selected for the John Moores competition.   Colin also exhibited work in solo and joint exhibitions at the Bluecoat Gallery, the Stockport Memorial Gallery and Salford Museum and Art Gallery, amongst others. 


In 1969 Colin arrived in Eccles to begin his first full-time teaching post as an Assistant Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at Salford College of Technology, later becoming a Lecturer at the School of Art, in the University of Salford. 


In 2015 a posthumous retrospective exhibition of his work was held at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, “Out of the Ordinary”,  which celebrated his interest in painting still life, in particular everyday objects, often in a photo-realist style, using acrylics on canvas.   Some of his student oil paintings can be seen on the  website, and several of his prints can be seen in the Strang Print  collection at the UCL