Colin Middleton MBE
(29 January 1910 – 23 December 1983) was an Irish artist
Middleton was born in 1910 in Belfast
. He 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
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... Read More