George Birrell trained at Glasgow School of Art (1967 - 1971) then
taught art and design in Scottish schools for the next decade, turning to
painting full time in 1980. George returned to lecturing in art, design and
photography from 1985 - 1998.
has exhibited widely in group shows in Scottish and English provincial
galleries and is featured regularly at the Annan Gallery.
His recurring theme is the
architecture and landscape of his native Scotland. He has had a special
fascination with the small towns and fishing villages of Fife from his earliest
introduction to this historic area as an art student. He settled and
established a studio in Kingskettle for a number of years.
He presently works from a studio in coastal East Lothian. Beyond
Scotland, he enjoys painting in the pastoral landscape of Provence and
coastline of the Mediterranean region around Marseilles. When not painting or
travelling (always with his well-worn Billingham bag filled with camera gear)
he aspires to be a mean guitarist, performing with a small jazz ensemble.