George trained at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1971. He was involved in Hospitalfield Summer School in 1970. Following art school he lectured in Art, Design and Photography, finally becoming a full-time artist in the late 1990's. His art is architectural and much of his inspiration comes from the East Neuk villages in Fife.George Birrell was born in 1950 and trained at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1971. His tutors included Leon Morrocco, Goudie, Robertson, Donaldson, Ferguson and William Crosbie. Whilst at Art College he was involved in Hospitalfield Summer School (1970).
Following graduation he lectured in Art, Design and Photography, finally becoming a full-time artist in the 1990’s. His art is architectural and much of his inspiration comes from the East Neuk fishing villages in Fife. He works in both oil and mixed media.
George exhibits mainly in Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as in Fife.
“George is fascinated with the history and development of buildings and communities, particularly where they have grown organically and where successive generations have built something on - the randomness of the windows or building structures that have appeared where needed, rather than where planned and with no thought of symmetry. The architecture - the building, the wall, or shed, often with use of stone colours, reinforces the impression of old. This contrasts with the more temporary structures - the fish boxes, nets, boats, telephone boxes, gulls, flowers, flags or marker buoys, which allow him to introduce the contrasting bright, primary colours.”