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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Andrew Burton (b. 1961)

Sculptor born in Kent. He attended Newcastle University, graduating with a first-class degree in fine art in 1983 and a master’s degree in 1986, after which he visited India on a British Academy Travelling Scholarship. In 1983, he won a prize for sculpture at the Tyne Tees Northern Open and in 1990 the McGrigor Donald Sculpture Prize. His public commissions include three bronzes for Gateshead Garden Festival (LionElephant under a Moroccan Edifice; and Tipping off the World), 1990 (now in Newcastle Business Park); An Urban Elephant, 1991, for Stevenage Museum (Herts) Sculpture Trail; Durham Cow, 1997, for The Racecourse riverside path, Durham; Annunciation, 2000, for Holland Park; Cycle (aka Medieval Life), 2001, for Castle Gate Roundabout, Dudley; and Cook’s Earth, 2003, for James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He has exhibited internationally since 1990 and has undertaken both solo and collaborative projects in the UK, Netherlands, India, China and Korea; a strong theme in his work is the use of bricks and other retrieved material, emphasising the sculptural possibilities of everyday objects. Burton is Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. In 2015 he was awarded Gold Prize at the KOCEF Biennale for Ceramic Sculpture in South Korea. In a recent statement the sculptor said that his ‘specialism is in contemporary sculpture, particularly in sculpture situated in relation to ceramics, craft and architecture’.

Bibliography: Andrew Burton website; D. Buckman, Artists in Britain since 1945 (2 vols: A–L, M–Z), Bristol, 2006; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 183–84; G.T. Noszlopy and F. Waterhouse, Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country, Liverpool, 2005, p. 53; Royal Society of Sculptors website; P. Usherwood et al, Public Sculpture of North-East England, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 109, 110, 123–24, 254.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022