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Lesley Burr lives and works in the Shetland Islands where the unique environment and strange beauty of the northern light have become major influences in her work. “Her sketches from life are transformed through her imagination into images that are dream-laden and filled with silence”. Remote places, unusual landforms, the human existence and the cycles of nature are all inspirations for her work.
Trained at Glasgow School of Art and followed by the MA in Public Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. She has also undertaken public commissions in hand painted tiles and mosaics. Winner of the Laing Landscape Competition and Ruth Davidson Scholarship to South France she has exhibited and travelled widely, including China, India, Pakistan and Egypt.Lesley was awarded the Highlands & Islands Artists Grant in 2001.
2001 “Frost and Dew”, Glasgow Print Studio 1999 French Landscapes, Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick 1998 “Autumn Wind South” Shetland Museum, Lerwick Landscapes, Royal Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow 1996 “Bird of Passage”, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Shetland Paintings, McRobert Arts Centre, Stirling 1995 “Heart of an Island”, Compass Gallery, Glasgow The Shetland Museum, Shetland The Original Print Shop, Glasgow Print Studio 1984 “Dawn to Dusk”, Sumburgh Airport, Shetland
Selected Exhibitions and Group Shows
2002 “Glasgow Girls 2002”, Boundary gallery, London
2001 Cabinet paintings, Glasgow Print Studio Aberdeen Artists Society Castle Gallery, Inverness 2000 Aberdeen Artists 1999 Aberdeen Artists Society “Tongues of Diamond” Touring Show – Collins Gallery, Glasgow, Leicester City Gallery & Smith Art Gallery, Stirling “Six Shetland Artists”, Shetland/Vagsoy Twinning Association Maloy, Norway 1997 Glasgow Girls, Boundary Gallery, London “A Patch of their Own”, Touring Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London Aberdeen Artists Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery 1996 “Second Sightings”, Touring Show with Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Noble Grossart Competition, Edinburgh “Island Artists”, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews Royal Academy, Summer Show, London 1995 The Continuing Tradition, Glasgow School of Art 1994 The Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Paisley Art Competition Invited Artists, Compass Gallery, Glasgow Aberdeen Artists Society Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh “Yield”, 8 artists from WASPS, Intermedia, Glasgow 1993 China Paintings, Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath with June Carey 1992 Scottish Figurative Painting, Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath Society of Scottish Artists, RSA, Edinburgh 1991 “Of Land and Sea”, Art from the Billiard Room, Glasgow WASPS with CALA, Edinburgh College of Art Art in the Attic, WASPS Studios, Glasgow 1990 Five Girls from Glasgow, Compass Gallery, Glasgow Works on Paper, WASPS Gallery, Glasgow with Alison Harper
Public and Private Collections
Glasgow Development Agency Paintings in Hospitals, Scotland Shetland Museum Smith Museum & Art Gallery St Andrews College Private Collections in UK, France and USA
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