Livingston, George David (1920 – 1978)
Born in Belfast.
Primarily self-taught he worked as a ‘commercial artist’ for most of his working life. I think he started as a ‘junior artist’ in the publicity department of the Ulster Transport Authority. He then worked as a commercial artist with W.G.Baird, a Belfast printing company. After Baird’s he went through a period of running his own small art studio in Snugville Street, Belfast. He finished his career as an artist/designer with the Belfast Telegraph.
Very much an all-rounder he applied his art skills to a wide range of projects (From a mural for the Kantara Hotel in Portrush to small press advertisements, trademarks and stationery designs).
An outstanding calligrapher and lettering artist he did many illuminated addresses for a wide range of VIPs visiting Belfast (including Royalty and Winston Churchill). He also spent many years lettering the title pages of memorial and pulpit Bibles.
Primarily a landscape painter he exhibited for many years in the Royal Ulster Academy.
A keen cyclist he was an active member of an artists’ cycling club that went sketching at the weekends (The River Lagan was a favoured location). Over the summer they went further afield (The Mournes and Donegal). Costs were kept to a minimum by utilising the extensive network of youth hostels.
I am indebted to the artist’s son, Alan Livingston, for the above information.
xxx2 The Road to the Mountain in Co.Donegal
7015 The Mourne Mountains.
7016 The Road to the Mountains.
Postally used 1945.
7023 West of Ireland Landscape