About the Artist
Brendan Stuart Burns studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and postgraduate in painting at The Slade School of Art, University College London (1985 – 1987).
Brendan has exhibited both nationally and internationally including in America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. His most recent one-person exhibitions include:
- Influere, Oriel y Parc, St Davids (2010)
- Tidal, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown (2005)
- Not the Stillness…, Newport Museum & Art Gallery (2002)
He has shown widely in group exhibitions, including most recently:
- Masterpieces of Modern British Art, Osbourne Samuel Gallery London (2008)
- Refractions / Shadows 7 Artists, curated by Mel Gooding, Lemon St Gallery, Truro (2008)
- Vll Xuntanza Obradoiro Internacional das Artes Plasticas, Museo Municipal ‘Ramon Maria Allen, Spain (2004)
His work is held in numerous private and public collections including The National Museum & Galleries of Wales and The Derek Williams Trust, The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, A Fundacion Casa Museo ‘A Solaina’ de Pilono, Spain, The University of South Wales and Contemporary Art Society of Britain.
Brendan has recently completed his PhD, Shadow into Parent Light: Beyond Pembrokeshire, beyond Landscape. Burns is twice winner of the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod Wales, and twice winner of Welsh Artist of the Year.
‘Glimpse’ is a book that has recently been published about Brendan's recent work, with an introduction written by Mel Gooding. He currently teaches at Bath School of Art & Design, University of South Wales and Coleg Sir Gâr.
Having established a visual language which is firmly rooted in the processes of paint, the danger of settling into the formulaic and prescriptive as a mid-career artist is of very real concern.
However, this Creative Wales Award will enable Brendan to reposition his work, processes and audience. It will grant him time to ‘make mistakes’ and play with new 3 dimensional materials, processes and techniques.
Having already begun experimenting with porcelain 3D forms, where gesture, mark and line have exited the canvas and emerged onto the gallery walls, Brendan plans to further his relationship with National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, with their extensive experience and facilities, including water-jet cutting, slip-casting, moulding and numerous methods of printing onto ceramic and glass.
The Creative Wales Award will purchase time out from teaching for a period of 12 months, and enable the development of new skills and processes of making.
Throughout his work he is grappling with the concept of hæcceity, inscape, thing-ness, essence and the ontological in the way that he sees a stone or rock-pool. The future challenge is to use a 3D visual language to communicate this experience to a new audience as well as incorporating his own refractions of self, identity and awareness of mortality and the spiritual.
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