George Balmer was born in North Shields and would’ve known this location well. He enjoyed his local surroundings and often painted fine views along the coastline. His father was a house painter and George initially took up the family trade. However, his talent for art pulled him in another direction.
Balmer was predominantly self-taught but did receive some early tuition from painter John Wilson Ewbank (c.1779-1847). He also undertook various trips to Europe - particularly Holland, Switzerland, and Paris where he spent several months studying the old masters at the Louvre.
However, Balmer was always happiest when working in his local area.
Artist’s auction highlight: £5,406 achieved for a marine scene at auction in 1999.