Dr Brendan Stuart Burns

Dr Brendan Stuart Burns BA(Hons) Fine Art. MA Slade School of Art UCL. PhD. FHEA.

Senior Lecturer Fine Art


Tel: +44 (0) 01792 481026
E-mail: brendan.burns@uwtsd.ac.uk

Dr Brendan Stuart Burns

Materials Practice, Module Leader, Painting & Drawing, works across BA and MA.

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 The Armory Modern, New York, Osborne Samuel Gallery and Rosenberg & Co, (2016 & 2015); Masterpiece, Osborne Samuel (2015/16/17), Art Miami, Osborne Samuel (2014/15/16);  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.

Burns is represented by Osborne Samuel Gallery, London and Rosenberg & Co, New York.

I believe passionately in teaching and learning as transformative experiences that open doors and change lives for the better. With extensive experience and knowledge base of teaching in HE for the past 25 years, throughout my career I have maintained an international professional career in the arts. My relationship with my own personal work has allowed me to ‘connect’ with students, fostering trust, commitment and solicitude. The concept of solicitude is critical here as it looks ahead; it has the student’s long-term interests in mind, beyond university. To impart and nuture students with confidence and skills in order to go into the new within their work is both a pleasure and a challenge. All students are like ‘bungee jumpers’, in the ritual of the ‘Nanngol’, a massive trusting, to go forward into their new mode of being, to take that creative leap.

One of my central pedagogical aims is to ‘value uncertainty’ within creativity and successfully communicate this to students, facilitating genuine experimentation and ‘risk taking’ to enable students to take on increasingly complex tasks as they progress. It is their ‘now’ which we; as teachers need to comprehend in order to fully connect with our students.

My main aim in teaching is “to release students so that they can come into themselves”, “to bring students into a state of self-criticality”.

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 to communicate this experience to the viewer as well as incorporating my own refractions of self, identity and awareness of mortality and the spiritual.

  • 25 years teaching experience
  • 30 years professional artist
  • Arts adviser to the Arts Council of Wales
  • Museum artworks committee USW
  • Artist in residence Oriel y Parc, Landscape Gallery St Davids.
  • Selector for National Eisteddfod of Wales

‘Flow & Pulse’, Rosenberg & Co, New York.

Blouin Art. ‘Flow & Pulse’, by Archana Khare-Ghose. Rosenberg & Co.

Artsy. ‘Flow & Pulse’, by Karen Kedmey. Rosenberg & Co.

‘Ooze’, New Ceramic sculptures written by Daniel Allen.

‘Gesture | Glimpse | Memory’.  Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.

‘Glimpse’ Foreword by Mel Gooding, published by Retreats Group.

‘Refractions / Shadows:  7 Artists by Mel Gooding.

‘Into Painting’ The work of Brendan Stuart Burns, 1987-2007. Written by David Alston and Mel Gooding. Published by Seren.

Ysbryd – Spirit Painting Wales, by Norbert Lynton.

‘Certain Welsh Artists’ by Iwan Bala.  Published by Seren.

‘Welsh Artists Talking’, interviews by Tony Curtis, published by Seren.

‘Not the Stillness…’ by Dr Peter Wakelin.

‘Imaging Wales’, - Contemporary Art in Context, written by Hugh Adams, published by Seren.

‘Here and Now’, essays written by Iwan Bala, published by Seren.

Farode Vigo,  Feature - Vll Xuntanza Obradoiro Internacional das Artes Plasticas, A Solaina

Pilono, Galicia, Spain.

‘Imaging the Imagined’, Published by Gomer Press.

  • Creative Wales Arts Council Major Award to research new materials including ceramics and glass at the National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland.
  • First Artist in Residence, Oriel y Parc, Landscape Gallery, St Davids.
  • The Richard and Rosemary Wakelin Purchase Award, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
  • Innovation Award, The Big Draw, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.