Burns’ work has been exhibited both nationally and across the globe, including America, Australia, France, Belgium and Spain, but this is his first solo exhibition in London.
Burns’ work focuses on the natural world and, particularly, the ecology of the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales, which also famously inspired Graham Sutherland during the 1930s and, later, John Craxton. Burns produces intimate studies that evoke the beauty and drama of the Welsh shoreline, observing lichen-covered rock and mud pools, sand and pebbles, the powerful inflow and outflow of coastal tides and winds, the vegetation on the water’s edge, and the shimmering light on the spindrift bubbles of the sea. His multi-disciplinary practice encompasses painting, drawing, photography and ceramics, where sheets of porcelain are pressed onto the landscape or into rock crevices and later painted and fired to become rectangles or ribbons of delicate ceramic shapes.
The exhibition comprises several large and medium size paintings, drawings and ceramics. A fully illustrated catalogue with accompanying essay by Phillip Wright is also available, together with a short video on Burns’ work.
About the Artist:
Brendan Stuart Burns was born in 1963 and currently lives and works in Cardiff, Wales. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and undertook a postgraduate degree in painting at The Slade School of Art, University College London (1985 – 1987). He won the Gold Medal in Fine Art at The National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1993 and 1998, and Welsh Artist of the Year in 2000 and 2003.