John Bird Studio :: GW Birks
Geoffrey Woolsey Birks was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. He attended
Bradford Collage of Art for 2 years as a full-time student and studied
privately in the tuition of F.C. Jones RA. He worked mainly in the
textile trade in the industrial towns of Yorkshire and the North of
England, rising to the position of Production Director.
that the Northern industrial scene was in decline along with it's
inherent characters, and skyline, he decided to capture some of these
fast disappearing aspects of the past. In doing so he 'caught' the
humour and atmosphere of the Northern character both in the people and
landscape. His 'trademark' beijng his version of a black cat which
appears somewhere in all his pictures.
He was an
internationally known artist, having exhibited his work in the U.K.,
Canada, U.S.A., Australia and South Africa. After a long fight against
cancer throughout which he continued business as usual he died at his
home in Pudsey in December 1993.