Brendan Burns was appointed artist in residence at Earthskin, Piha, Auckland in February/March 2020. The exhibition of the works completed during the residency will be exhibited at ARTIS in 2021.
UK based artist Brendan Burns works within a tradition of British artists inspired by elemental landscape. Burns is deeply concerned with the spiritual in nature, with notions of time and with the act of painting as meditative process. These ideas are central in the artist’s practice and have played a fundamental part in his recent New Zealand residency.
For Burns the language of seeing the world involves the physical act of walking. This translation into paint is critical in his work. Time walking and absorbing the immediate area of Waitakere, Karekare, Bethells Beach, Muriwai and Kitekite greatly influenced the artist’s perception of light and colour. Initial paintings were the joyous celebration of light penetrating the Pohutukawa trees and reflections of more tropical species such as the Nikau Palms in the Kitekite stream near his studio in Piha.
Burns has exhibited both in the UK and Internationally, including America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. 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.