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George Cockburn is a Scottish artist resident in Edinburgh.


As an artist, he graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 

the early ‘70s having studied under Gillies, Philipson, Blackadder and Houston among others and specialised in drawing, painting and print-making. Since completing his post-graduate scholarship year, he has exhibited regularly across the country with much
work and commissions in private collections. Being brought up in the countryside of Midlothian where as a child he encountered Willie Gillies who encouraged his interest in art (and fishing), his subject matter, whilst wide ranging, has always reflected a sense of place, atmosphere and experiencing locations.


As a teacher, he built a strong reputation and record of being a highly successful teacher of Art & Design in a number of secondary schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Being a Principal Teacher for 30 years, he ensured his departments sustained an outstanding record of  success in national exams, and accrued considerable experience in supporting senior students in the application process for Scottish Colleges of Art, and in guiding them in Portfolio Development to support such applications. George recently completed a 20 year tenure as Head of Art & Design at James Gillespie’s High School, Edinburgh, and is now a freelance teacher and tutor to all ages.