Colin Middleton RHA (1910-1983)
The most acclaimed surrealist painter in Ireland, Colin Middleston intially experimented with a number of styles, including a lyrical semi-abstraction and geometric abstraction. He exhibited annually from 1938 to 1954 at the RHA and from 1968 to his death. A mid-career retrospective was staged by the Waddington gallery in 1944. He was awarded the MBE in 1969 and became a full member of the RHA in 1970. A major retrospective was staged in 1976. Two monographs have appeared in recent years: Carlo Eastwood (ed.), Colin Middleton: A Millennium Appreciation, Eastwood Gallery, Belfast, 2000, and Dickon Hall, Colin Middleton: A Study, Joga Press, 2001.