Brendan Stuart Burns

Premiere Exhibition

May 2021

St. Helena

“My work, both past and present, is underpinned by the central themes of absence, isolation, mortality and the spiritual. It is the balance between paint, process and subject matter that has maintained my visual language and its development through what on the surface may seem to have been differing themes. I am grappling with the concept of hæcceity, inscape, thing-ness, essence and the ontological in the way I see a stone, rock-pool or lichen growth. The challenge is then using paint and charcoal to communicate this experience to the viewer as well as incorporating my own refractions of self, identity and awareness of mortality and the spiritual.”

Biography

Brendan Stuart Burns was born in 1963; he currently lives and works in Cardiff. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and undertook a postgraduate 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.

Burns has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally, including America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. His one-person exhibitions include Flow & Pulse Rosenberg & Co, New York (2016); Gesture | Glimpse | Memory Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, (2015); Influere, Oriel Y Parc – Landscape Gallery, St. Davids; Tidal Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, (2005); Not the Stillness… National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Oriel Clwyd and Newport Museum & Art Gallery (2002); As well as Being… National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Turner House Gallery, Cardiff (1999).

He has shown widely in group exhibitions, including Recent Paintings, Osborne Samuel Gallery London 2019; Recent Paintings, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018; The Armory Modern, New York, Osborne Samuel Gallery and Rosenberg & Co, (2016 & 2015); Masterpiece, Osborne Samuel (2015/16/17/18), Art Miami, Osborne Samuel (2014/15/16/18); 4 Contemporary Artists, Osborne Samuel Gallery London (2014); Masterpieces of Modern British Art’, Osborne 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); Places, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2003); West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard (2003); Gordon Hepworth Gallery, Affordable Art Fair New York (2003); Painting Ysbryd / Spirit Wales, Festival Interceltique de L’Orient, France; National Eisteddfod of Wales, St Davids (2002); Different Lights, UKwithNY Festival, Angel Orensanz Arts Centre, New York (2001); Welsh Artists Talking, National Museum & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2000).

His work is held in numerous private and public collections including The National Museum & Galleries of Wales, The Derek Williams Trust, The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, A Fundacion Casa Museo ‘A Solaina’ de Pilono, Spain and Contemporary Art Society of Britain (Tom Bendhem Bequest), America, Australia, China, Holland, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan and The United Arab Emirates.

Burns completed his PhD ‘Shadow into Parent Light: Beyond Pembrokeshire, beyond Landscape’ in 2011. Publications include ‘Glimpse’ including essays by Mel Gooding, Tony Curtis, Sally Moss and Anne Price-Owen; 2012. ‘Into Painting’ by David Alston and Mel Gooding published by Seren in 2008.

Born

1963  Kenya


Education

2011 PhD, Shadow into Parent Light; Beyond Pembrokeshire, Beyond Landscape.

1987 Postgraduate Painting, Slade School of Art, University College London.

1985 First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, UWIC, Cardiff.

1982 Foundation Studies, UWIC, Cardiff.


Awards

2020 Artist in Residence, Earthskin, New Zealand.

2014 Creative Wales Arts Council Major Award to research new materials including ceramics and glass at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland.

2008-09 First Artist in Residence, Oriel y Parc, Landscape Gallery, St Davids.

2007 The Richard and Rosemary Wakelin Purchase Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

2005 Innovation Award, The Big Draw, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

Wales Arts International Funding travel award, Venice Biennale.

2004 Wales Arts International to participate in VII Xuntanza Obradoiro Internacional das Plasticas, A Solaina Pilono, Galicia, Spain.

2003 Welsh Artist of the Year.

2001 Arts Council of Wales grant to participate in ‘Different Lights, UKwithNY, Angel Orensanz Arts Centre, New York.

2000 Welsh Artist of the Year.

1999 University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize.

1998 Gold Medal in Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bro Ogwr, Bridgend.

1997 Friedrich Konekamp award for painting.

1993 Gold Medal in Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

1992 Welsh Arts Council Travel Scholarship, New York, USA.

1991 Artist in Residence Llanfrechfa Grange Mental Health Unit, Cwmbran.

1989 Welsh Arts Council Travel Scholorship, Florence, Italy.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 'Edging West' New Paintings and Ceramics, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

New Paintings, Rosenberg & Co, New York.

2018 Recent Paintings, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. In collaboration with

Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

2016 ‘Flow & Pulse’, Painting, drawing and ceramic, Rosenberg & Co.

New York.

‘Ooze’, New Ceramics, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.

2015 Gesture | Glimpse | Memory, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

2014 ‘Pulse’, Oriel Myldan, Cardigan.

2012 ‘Glimpse’, St Davids Hall, Cardiff.

‘Glimpse’, National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire.

2011 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.

One-man show, Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey.

‘Shimmer’, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

2009-10 ‘Influere’, Oriel y Parc, Landscape Gallery St Davids. Curation of works from the residence alongside significant inspiration from the collections at National Museum of Art Wales.

2009 ‘Tidal’, Oriel Clwyd, Mold.

‘New works’, Atrium, University of South Wales Cardiff.

2008 Oriel Q Gallery Narberth.

‘Tidal’, Kettering Museum & Art Gallery, Kettering.

‘Liquid Light Series’, Cynon Valley Museum & Art Gallery.

‘In View’, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. Works selected by David Alston from the National Museum of Art Wales permanent collection.

2007 New Works, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran.

2006 ‘Spindrift’, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.

2005 ‘Tidal’ Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

‘The Taste of Sight’, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.

2004 Price Waterhouse Coopers, Cardiff.

2003 ‘Not the Stillness…’ Newport Museum and Art Gallery.

‘Not the Stillness…’ Oriel Clwyd, Mold.

‘Not the Stillness…’ selected works, Rhondda Heritage Park.

‘Not the Stillness…’ National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

1999 Museum of Modern Art Wales, Mychynlleth.

‘As Well as being…’ National Museum of Art Wales, Turner House Gallery.

1995 Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells.

1992 Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran.

1991 ‘The Florentine Experience’, The Powerhouse Gallery, Laugharne.


Selected Public And Private Collections

National Museum and Galleries of Wales, (Derek Williams Collection.) • A Fundacion Casa Museo “A Solaina” de Pilono, Galicia, Spain. • Contemporary Art Society of Wales. • Contemporary Art Society of Britain (Tom Bendhem Bequest). • University of South Wales. • Owen Taylor, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Warwick. • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea • Associated Newspapers for Museums Collection.  • Leicestershire Education Authority. • Wyn Thomas Gordon Lewis Architects, Cardiff. • South Glamorgan County Council Collection. • Oriel y Parc, St Davids, National Museum Wales & National Parks Authority. • Celtic Manor Hotel & Conference Centre, Newport. • Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Wales. • St German’s Church and Rectory, Cardiff.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Twinge l SOLD

Twinge l SOLD

Oil on Linen

71 x 79 inches

210391

Thrill

Thrill

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210390

Swish | SOLD

Swish | SOLD

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210389

Stone Bright Place

Stone Bright Place

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210388

Split

Split

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210387

Spasm

Spasm

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210386

Silver Birches

Silver Birches

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210385

Shush | SOLD

Shush | SOLD

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210384

Shimmer

Shimmer

Oil on Linen

79 x 98 inches

210383

Quiver

Quiver

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210382

Pang

Pang

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210381

Lick

Lick

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210380

Hush

Hush

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210379

Acer

Acer

Oil on Linen

63 x 79 inches

210378

Born

1963  Kenya


Education

2011 PhD, Shadow into Parent Light; Beyond Pembrokeshire, Beyond Landscape.

1987 Postgraduate Painting, Slade School of Art, University College London.

1985 First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, UWIC, Cardiff.

1982 Foundation Studies, UWIC, Cardiff.


Awards

2020 Artist in Residence, Earthskin, New Zealand.

2014 Creative Wales Arts Council Major Award to research new materials including ceramics and glass at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland.

2008-09 First Artist in Residence, Oriel y Parc, Landscape Gallery, St Davids.

2007 The Richard and Rosemary Wakelin Purchase Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.

2005 Innovation Award, The Big Draw, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

Wales Arts International Funding travel award, Venice Biennale.

2004 Wales Arts International to participate in VII Xuntanza Obradoiro Internacional das Plasticas, A Solaina Pilono, Galicia, Spain.

2003 Welsh Artist of the Year.

2001 Arts Council of Wales grant to participate in ‘Different Lights, UKwithNY, Angel Orensanz Arts Centre, New York.

2000 Welsh Artist of the Year.

1999 University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize.

1998 Gold Medal in Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bro Ogwr, Bridgend.

1997 Friedrich Konekamp award for painting.

1993 Gold Medal in Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells.

1992 Welsh Arts Council Travel Scholarship, New York, USA.

1991 Artist in Residence Llanfrechfa Grange Mental Health Unit, Cwmbran.

1989 Welsh Arts Council Travel Scholorship, Florence, Italy.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 'Edging West' New Paintings and Ceramics, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

New Paintings, Rosenberg & Co, New York.

2018 Recent Paintings, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. In collaboration with

Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

2016 ‘Flow & Pulse’, Painting, drawing and ceramic, Rosenberg & Co.

New York.

‘Ooze’, New Ceramics, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.

2015 Gesture | Glimpse | Memory, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

2014 ‘Pulse’, Oriel Myldan, Cardigan.

2012 ‘Glimpse’, St Davids Hall, Cardiff.

‘Glimpse’, National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire.

2011 Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.

One-man show, Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey.

‘Shimmer’, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.

2009-10 ‘Influere’, Oriel y Parc, Landscape Gallery St Davids. Curation of works from the residence alongside significant inspiration from the collections at National Museum of Art Wales.

2009 ‘Tidal’, Oriel Clwyd, Mold.

‘New works’, Atrium, University of South Wales Cardiff.

2008 Oriel Q Gallery Narberth.

‘Tidal’, Kettering Museum & Art Gallery, Kettering.

‘Liquid Light Series’, Cynon Valley Museum & Art Gallery.

‘In View’, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. Works selected by David Alston from the National Museum of Art Wales permanent collection.

2007 New Works, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran.

2006 ‘Spindrift’, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.

2005 ‘Tidal’ Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

‘The Taste of Sight’, Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff.

2004 Price Waterhouse Coopers, Cardiff.

2003 ‘Not the Stillness…’ Newport Museum and Art Gallery.

‘Not the Stillness…’ Oriel Clwyd, Mold.

‘Not the Stillness…’ selected works, Rhondda Heritage Park.

‘Not the Stillness…’ National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

1999 Museum of Modern Art Wales, Mychynlleth.

‘As Well as being…’ National Museum of Art Wales, Turner House Gallery.

1995 Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells.

1992 Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran.

1991 ‘The Florentine Experience’, The Powerhouse Gallery, Laugharne.


Selected Public And Private Collections

National Museum and Galleries of Wales, (Derek Williams Collection.) • A Fundacion Casa Museo “A Solaina” de Pilono, Galicia, Spain. • Contemporary Art Society of Wales. • Contemporary Art Society of Britain (Tom Bendhem Bequest). • University of South Wales. • Owen Taylor, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary British Art, Warwick. • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea • Associated Newspapers for Museums Collection.  • Leicestershire Education Authority. • Wyn Thomas Gordon Lewis Architects, Cardiff. • South Glamorgan County Council Collection. • Oriel y Parc, St Davids, National Museum Wales & National Parks Authority. • Celtic Manor Hotel & Conference Centre, Newport. • Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Wales. • St German’s Church and Rectory, Cardiff.

Biography

Brendan Stuart Burns was born in 1963; he currently lives and works in Cardiff. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and undertook a postgraduate 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.

Burns has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally, including America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. His one-person exhibitions include Flow & Pulse Rosenberg & Co, New York (2016); Gesture | Glimpse | Memory Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, (2015); Influere, Oriel Y Parc – Landscape Gallery, St. Davids; Tidal Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, (2005); Not the Stillness… National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Oriel Clwyd and Newport Museum & Art Gallery (2002); As well as Being… National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Turner House Gallery, Cardiff (1999).

He has shown widely in group exhibitions, including Recent Paintings, Osborne Samuel Gallery London 2019; Recent Paintings, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018; The Armory Modern, New York, Osborne Samuel Gallery and Rosenberg & Co, (2016 & 2015); Masterpiece, Osborne Samuel (2015/16/17/18), Art Miami, Osborne Samuel (2014/15/16/18); 4 Contemporary Artists, Osborne Samuel Gallery London (2014); Masterpieces of Modern British Art’, Osborne 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); Places, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2003); West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard (2003); Gordon Hepworth Gallery, Affordable Art Fair New York (2003); Painting Ysbryd / Spirit Wales, Festival Interceltique de L’Orient, France; National Eisteddfod of Wales, St Davids (2002); Different Lights, UKwithNY Festival, Angel Orensanz Arts Centre, New York (2001); Welsh Artists Talking, National Museum & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2000).

His work is held in numerous private and public collections including The National Museum & Galleries of Wales, The Derek Williams Trust, The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, A Fundacion Casa Museo ‘A Solaina’ de Pilono, Spain and Contemporary Art Society of Britain (Tom Bendhem Bequest), America, Australia, China, Holland, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mexico, Switzerland, Taiwan and The United Arab Emirates.

Burns completed his PhD ‘Shadow into Parent Light: Beyond Pembrokeshire, beyond Landscape’ in 2011. Publications include ‘Glimpse’ including essays by Mel Gooding, Tony Curtis, Sally Moss and Anne Price-Owen; 2012. ‘Into Painting’ by David Alston and Mel Gooding published by Seren in 2008.

Brendan Stuart Burns

Press

Brendan Stuart Burns

Premiere Exhibition

May 2021

St. Helena

“My work, both past and present, is underpinned by the central themes of absence, isolation, mortality and the spiritual. It is the balance between paint, process and subject matter that has maintained my visual language and its development through what on the surface may seem to have been differing themes. I am grappling with the concept of hæcceity, inscape, thing-ness, essence and the ontological in the way I see a stone, rock-pool or lichen growth. The challenge is then using paint and charcoal to communicate this experience to the viewer as well as incorporating my own refractions of self, identity and awareness of mortality and the spiritual.”

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