William Burns was an exact contemporary of Joan Eardley, attending The Glasgow School of Art and then Hospitalfield in Arbroath. He shared with Eardley the painterly skills and picture making instinct which characterise both artists’ work and they were co-exhibitors at The Scottish Gallery Festival Exhibition in 1955. Much of Burns’ later work is inspired from an aerial view of the coastal landscape. His life was lost aged just fifty-one when his small plane crashed in fog. Patterns viewed from above and the subject of The Sea Wall is not so different: the planes of wall, and gables of Footdee cottages make a strong abstract pattern. It is a subject favoured by Ian Fleming, another Glaswegian who made his life up in Aberdeen where Burns was Principal Lecturer in Art at Aberdeen College of Education.
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