Ian Burdall paints in oils, mainly concentrating on land and seascapes based around the East coast. His particular inspiration is the Yorkshire coastline between the Humber and the Tees, where industrial, fishing and agricultural landscapes all intertwine and it is possible to see pristine natural landscape with traditional fishing boats and sea going vessels set against a backdrop of either heavy industry or bucolic national park.
He also has a fascination with shipwrecks and has created a series of paintings inspired by photographs from the East Cleveland Image Archive. Each grounded vessel has a real story which includes the people that came to assist in its rescue or simply to marvel at the unique and powerful scene of a stranded vessel.
Ian Burdall is a regular visitor to Staithes, and he is particularly interested in the fishing heritage of the village, focusing on the boats and the winding streets enclosed by the rows of cottages.