Painter, draughtsman, designer and teacher, born in Kearsley, Lancashire, who studied at Bolton Junior Art School, 1953–5, Bolton College of Art, 1955–8, and Lancaster College of Art, 1958–60. He went on to lecture part-time there and elsewhere in Lancashire, later teaching at Belfast College of Art and Ulster College of Art and Design. Shawcross was notable as a Colourist and figure painter who was interested in the work of Matisse, Braque and primitive artists, popular art and ephemera. Among his commissions was one from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which with Ulster Museum holds his work, for a portrait of the painter Colin Middleton. Showed at RUA, Tib Lane Gallery in Manchester, New and Tom Caldwell Galleries in Belfast, RHA and Oireachtas, Dublin.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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