BIRD, Robert


Bob Bird (1921-2016) initially trained as a graphic designer at Birmingham School of Art until the war intervened. After active duty which had included the liberation of Belsen concentration camp, on his return he switched to Fine Art where he studied under Bernard Fleetwood-Walker.

Bird initially worked on landscapes and floral studies but moved towards abstraction. He lectured in fine art at Newcastle College of Art & Design in the 1960s, rising to become Head of Fine Art there, before taking up a similar position at Stoke-on-Trent Art College. He was also an adviser for the Arts Council of Great Britain.

He painted throughout this period and had some prestigious exhibitions including at the Oxford Gallery and the Mayor Gallery in London.  Bird also had work shown at the Royal Academy and in mixed exhibitions abroad. In the later 1970s and 1980s he worked on abstract constructions. Laing Gallery in Newcastle holds his work.