SINCLAIR, Chris

1931 - 2012

Chris Sinclair at Walberswick

Christopher Burdwood Sinclair, was born at Croydon district of Surrey in 1931, 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 at the Slade School of Fine Art 1954-1955. He married at Halesworth, Suffolk in 1956 Dorothy Wendy Besley [Wendy Sinclair q.v.] and they moved to Church Lane, Walberswick in 1960. 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 produces prints by etching on copper plates using an ancient spider-wheel press. His lino prints in colour and his wood-cuts are also made using the press and is also a picture frame-maker and he frames all his own and his wife's work. A founder member of the Suffolk Group 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. He died at his home 'Driftwood', Church Lane, Walberswick on 26 September 2012, aged 81.







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