BURFOOT, Angela Mary

1934 - 2006

Born at Staines, Middlesex on 21 January 1934, second child of Frederick Burfoot (17 May 1894-1973), a bank manager, and his wife Dorothy née Dyson (19 November 1893-1959), who married at Brentford, London in 1921 and in 1939 were living at 58 Greenlands Road, Staines, Middlesex with elder sibling John (born 14 May 1927). Educated at Lady Eleanor Holles school for Girls and the Slade School of Fine Art, London but between school and college, she worked in a beer bottle factory. During her time at the Slade, 1952-1956, Angela studied under Sir William Coldstream (1908-1987) and was tutored by Bernard Arthur Ruston Carter (1909-2006). During her postgraduate year Angela carried to life-drawing classes in a basket, her first daughter, Miranda, yet still managed to win the Henry Tonks prize also winning the Wilson Steer prize for still life. She became acquainted with Duncan Grant (1885-1978) and Edward Ardizzone [q.v.], and was a Royal Academy exhibitor having a particular flair for flowers and still life. By 1961, she and her future husband, the artist Ian Armour-Chelu [q.v.], whom she had met at Slade School, had three small daughters and were making a precarious living illustrating book jackets and undertaking any artistic commissions that came to hand. They moved to Rumburgh Place Farm, Wissett, near Halesworth, Suffolk in 1965 she married Ian Armour-Chelu. In 1967 they put a poster outside their house announcing an exhibition of their paintings and their works sold well, after which their annual exhibition at Rumburgh became a magnet for art lovers from Suffolk and beyond. Angela also had exhibitions in Aldeburgh, Colchester, London and across the country, she also exhibited from Rumburgh at the Ipswich Art Club in 1977 two paintings 'Poppies and Edwardian Tablecloth' and 'Primula'. Angela, who worked in oils, was fascinated by modern painting such as the work of Euan Uglow and Claude Rogers. She travelled in France and in the autumn before her death on 25 February 2006 was painting landscapes in Spain.





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