SINCLAIR, Christopher Burdwood

1931 - 2012

He paints under the name of Chris Sinclair and was born at Croydon district of Surrey in 1931, son of Ernest H. Sinclair (3 October 1893-1949), an executive officer in HM Civil Service, and his wife Elsie Rose née Matcham (12 April 1901-1981), who married at Kingston, Surrey in 1926 and in 1939 were living at 15 Charminster Avenue, Croydon. Chris studied at Wimbledon School of Art from where he obtained his N.D.D. in painting in 1954 and then his diploma in art and etching at the Slade School of Fine Art 1954-1955. He married at Halesworth, Suffolk in 1956 Dorothy Wendy Besley [Sinclair q.v.] and they moved to Church Lane, Walberswick in 1960. Chris worked in animation also taking a part-time job as a nursing orderly at Blythburgh Hospital. From 1962 he taught art part-time with the Southwold Art Circle and at a school in Leiston until in 1975 when he became a freelance painter and etcher, specialising in local landscapes. As well as painting in watercolours, pastels and oils he produces prints by etching on copper plates using an ancient spider-wheel press. His lino prints in colour and wood-cuts are also made using the press and is also a frame-maker and makes the frames for all his own and his wife's work. A founder member of the Suffolk Group in 1990 and exhibited regularly in many galleries throughout East Anglia and had a one-man show at St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1989. He died at his home 'Driftwood', Church Lane, Walberswick in September 2012, aged 81.







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