Peter Burns


Peter Burns paintings are playful re-workings of myths, Biblical stories, art historical, literary and musical themes. In the paintings people are shown in relation to nature and the universe. Small figures of people and animals exist and roam in a painted world.  A variety of techniques are used to enliven the surfaces of the paintings. Chunks of old dried paint from the palette are attached to the canvas in places, while on other parts of the canvas paint is scraped off revealing underlying layers. Exoticism flavors the work with allusions to faraway places, to Japanese art and Russian literature. Infinity is suggested in the sky, in the stars and the planets. They are colorful paintings with a sense of humor. They are daring and experimental, each one a self contained world.

Burns earned his BA in Sculpture and MFA in Painting from The National College of Art & Design, Dublin & exhibited in Futures Anthology at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in November 2015. He participated in Introspective, an exhibition of self portraits at BravinLee Programs, NY, (2016) and showed a selection of works on paper with Exhibition A, NY, (2016) to coincide with the release of his limited edition print. Past solo exhibitions were held at Fenderesky Gallery Belfast, Hillsboro Fine Art Dublin and Claremorris Gallery. Selected group exhibitions include Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin; Making Familiar, Temple Bar Gallery and Futures, RHA Gallery. Forthcoming exhibitions include Fables of the Reconstruction, at David & Schweitzer Contemporary, NY, 12th May – 4th June 2017. Burns has been featured in Wall Street International Magazine, The Sunday Times and ArtForum among others. He is a recent recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.

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