IN CONVERSATION Artist Peter Burns, pictured in his studio.
Peter Burns is a Dublin-born artist now living in Mayo and currently showing in a solo show, ‘Wayfarer’ in Claremorris Gallery. On the last day of the exhibition, Saturday, December 1, he will be talking about his work in conversation with Rosemarie Noone of Claremorris Gallery from 3pm to 5pm.
Peter has shown at Claremorris Gallery since he was a student. Over the past ten years he has established himself as one of the most important painters of his generation of artists in Ireland, having entered the international stage, now showing extensively in London, New York and Miami with Gibbons and Nicholas, as well as participating in a number of exhibitions in New York and London galleries.
‘Wayfarer’ is an at-times lurid phantasmagoria of the artist’s internal life; an endless source of solace, pleasure and stimulation. In ‘A Moral Vision’, Patrick T Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy, says: “Burns’ paintings address the lost soul, the lone wayfarer, and the anti-hero. The solitary struggle to comprehend the world that looms over us, overpowers us and seals our fate to be ever a stranger in a stranger land.
“He combines classical, biblical and 20th-century sci-fi to present storylines that are at once familiar and unsettling. His protagonists eschew the bodily ideals of much of art history’s statuesque depiction and owe more to Robert Crumb and the spirit of Charlie Chaplin – they are anti-heroes caught up in the epic and awesome myths and legends of Western tradition.
“Peter’s use of paint, whether on board or canvas, or on his small sculptural objects, always has a third dimension. He builds up his surfaces in peaks and valleys to create a robust physicality on his surfaces. His colors are drawn across the spectrum.”
Meanwhile, fellow artist Mike Sorgatz says: “Burns’ sculpture and paintings have a medieval quality of myth telling, they’re charmingly painted with a long low note of apocalyptic despair.”
Burns has been featured in Wall Street International Magazine, The Sunday Times and ArtForum. He is a recent recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. He was awarded a BA in Sculpture and MFA in Painting from The National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
Refreshments will be served, admission is free and all are welcome to attend the talk, which takes place at Claremorris Gallery, Mount Street, Claremorris, on December 1.