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Encyclopedia > Colin Middleton

Colin Middleton (1910 in Belfast - 1983 in Dublin) was an Irish artist and surrealist. 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Location within the British Isles. ... 1983 is an integer and composite number that represents a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dublins Hapenny Bridge. ... An artist is someone who employs creative talent to produce works of art. ... Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the unconscious. ...


Trained at Belfast College of Art, he was heavily influenced by the work of Vincent van Gogh. He regarded himself as the only Surrealist working in Ireland in the 1930s.


His work first appeared at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1938. His first solo exhibition was at the Grafton Gallery in 1944. A damask-designer like his father before him, he now devoted himself to full-time painting. More exhibitions followed in Dublin, London and Boston. The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) is an artist based and artist orientated institution in Ireland dedicated to developing, affirming and challenging the publics appreciation and understanding of traditional and innovative approaches to the visual arts. ... Italian silk damask, 1300s. ...


In 1953 he moved to Bangor where he designed for the New Theatre; he also designed sets for the Circle Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. At around this time he exhibited alongside Daniel O'Neill at the Tooth Galleries in London. In the same year, 1954 he started his career as an art teacher at the Belfast College of Art and at Coleraine Technical School, eventually becoming head of art at Friends' School, Lisburn. The 'Dublin Magazine' at this time said of him: 'Apart from the brilliance of his paint, he has one rare quality in his inexhaustible capacity for wonder'.


A poet and musician, Middleton also produced murals, mosaics and posters. In 1969 he was awarded an MBE and appointed an associate at the Royal Hibernian Academy, with full membership in 1970. A major retrospective was held in 1976 at the Ulster Museum and the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin. He continued to exhibit at the RHA until his death.


External links

  • Examples of Middleton's work (http://www.whiteimage.com/artists/index.asp?Artist_ID=145)

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Colin Middleton described himself as the first Irish Surrealist, but he worked in a variety of styles, moving between them within short time spans.
Middleton was born in Belfast and worked in the family business as a damask designer before becoming prominent as a painter in his late 20s/early 30s.
Colin Middleton: Paintings and Drawings from the McClelland Collection continues at the Irish Museum of Modern Art until 24 June.
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