Helmut Petzsch, SSA (1920-2008) was a painter in oil and
watercolour of landscapes, urban scenes, and figure
subjects. He was born in Berlin to a German father and
English mother and following the death of his father in 1932
Helmut came with his family to England where they became
naturalised British citizens. He served in the British Army
in World War II, and on demobilisation he was accepted as a
student at Edinburgh College of Art 1947-51, where he
studied under William Gillies. He exhibited at the Royal
Scottish Academy from 1952, and also extensively with the
Society of Scottish Artists, being elected a member of that
group in 1951. He wrote a book 'Architecture in Scotland'
which was published by Longman in 1971, and lived in
Edinburgh for many years.