Geoffrey Woolsey Birks was
born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He attended Bradford college of art for 2 years
as a full-time student and studied privately in the tuition of F.C. Jones RA. He
worked mainly in the textile trade in the industrial towns of Yorkshire and the
North of England, rising to the position of Production Director.
Realising that the Northern
industrial scene was in decline along with its inherent characters, and skyline,
he decided to capture some of these fast disappearing aspects of the past. In
doing so he 'caught' the humour and atmosphere of the Northern character both in
the people and landscape.
His 'trademark' being his version of a black cat,
Whiskers, which appears somewhere in all his pictures.
He was an internationally
recognised artist, having exhibited his work in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia
and South Africa.
After a long fight with
cancer throughout which he continued business as usual, he died at his home in
Pudsey in December 1993.
His legacy is the unique way
in which he recorded a 'fast disappearing way of life'.
It'll beat thine