1931 - 2012

Chris Sinclair at Walberswick

Christopher Burdwood Sinclair was born at Croydon, Surrey on 15 April 1931, second son of Ernest Henry Sinclair (3 October 1893-18 December 1949), an executive officer in HM Civil Service, and his wife Elsie Rose née Matcham (12 April 1901-23 December 1981), who married at Kingston, Surrey in 1926 and in 1939 were living at 15 Charminster Avenue, Croydon. Chris studied at Wimbledon School of Art from where he obtained his National Diploma in Design in painting in 1954 and then his diploma in art and etching from the Slade School of Fine Art 1954-1955. He met his future wife Dorothy Wendy Beasley, Wendy Sinclair, at Wimbledon and they married at Halesworth, Suffolk in 1956 and in 1960 moved to Church Lane, Walberswick, Suffolk. Chris worked in animation also taking a part-time position as a nursing orderly at Blythburgh Hospital. From 1962 he taught art part-time with the Southwold Art Circle and at a school in Leiston until, in 1975, he became a freelance painter and etcher, specialising in local landscapes. As well as painting in watercolours, pastels, and oils he produced prints by etching on copper plates using an ancient spider-wheel press. His lino prints in colour and his woodcuts are also made using the press and was also a picture frame-maker and he framed all his own and his wife's work. A founder member of the Suffolk Group of Artists in 1990 and exhibited regularly in many galleries throughout East Anglia and in 1989 had a one-man show at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. Christopher Burdwood Sinclair died at his home 'Driftwood', Church Lane, Walberswick on 26 September 2012, aged 81.

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