Portrait captures enigmatic personality of Bob Burgess

Posted by ap507 at Sep 22, 2014 11:20 AM |
Professor Sir Bob Burgess celebrated in portrait by artist Bryan Organ to mark retirement after 15 years of distinguished service
Portrait captures enigmatic personality of Bob Burgess

© University of Leicester; Professor Sir Bob Burgess with his portrait by Bryan Organ.

Every picture tells a story - and in the case of the portrait of Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Bob Burgess, which hangs in the University of Leicester Council Chamber, that is no exception.

Professor Burgess will be retiring after 15 years of distinguished service during which the University has risen to its highest ever ranking and won numerous awards, including the highest honour for universities - twice-winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education during his era.

For artist Bryan Organ who painted the portrait over a period of nine months, the commission also reflected his long association with the University - he was awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 1985 and his paintings of distinguished people associated with the University feature across the campus.

The 40” by 30” acrylic on canvas is positioned in Council Room Suite 1 of the Fielding Johnson Building.

 

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