Philip J K Burton's training was as a Zoologist rather than an Artist, but both his artistic and scientific work reflect a profound interest in natural history, especially birds. Although his paintings also show an interest in landscape, the birds are paramount.
For painting Philip uses acrylic or pastel and acrylic. His larger works are on canvas and purely acrylic; smaller works on paper board are often pastel and acrylic, over a detailed pencil drawing. His work for publication is on paper board. Philip's occasional line illustrations are on scraperboard. Apart from scraperboard he works only with brushes, from large bristle down to the finest sable or nylon.
When designing, Philip quite often uses the computer by making line drawings and scanning them. These can then be juggled about on screen using Corel Draw.
I work on only one painting at a time. I use field sketches and photographs as reference, and always do trial sketches or other preparatory work.
Most of my commissions have been for book illustrations, involving, at the least, several months of work. For individual commissions I would expect to allow one month to six weeks.
1936 Born on 9 January in Highgate, London
1956-59 Obtained a BSc in Zoology, University College London
1959-60 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of London
1964 Invited to be a Founding Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists
1967-88 Senior Scientific Officer at British Museum (Natural History) Bird section
1969 PhD in Zoology (Wader Anatomy and Behaviour), University of London
‘Birds of the World’, 1960 Illustrations of Nestlings
‘Collin’s Field Guide to Bird Nests, Eggs and Nestlings’
Illustrations of Waders in ‘Birds of the Western Paleartic’, Vol. VIIIIl
lustrations of New World Vultures and Falconidae in ‘Raptors of the World’, Helm
Illustrations of Kingfishers, Rollers and Bee-eaters in ‘The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula’, by David Wells