Approved: 16.08.2006

Trevor Burgess

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Consultant, Fundraiser

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts: For several years I have been making paintings inspired by people's everyday lives in the urban space of cities. The paintings generally arise out of my own visual experience of places and people. I have been interested in the shops, markets and street life around me in London, and recently I have also been making paintings of markets in South American cities, drawing on experience from many years of travelling in South America. I have also curated an exhibition IN THE CITY bringing together painters whose work reflects their experience of cities across four continents. Another strand of work has been a series of paintings of homes in London entitled A Place to Live, inspired by Estate Agent property adverts. I am also currently working on a private commission for a triptych painting of Granary Square, King's Cross, London, which is generating a series of studies and related drawings and paintings.  

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Private commissions, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Fundraising
  • Categories: Consultancy, Curatorial project, Drawing, Painting, Research
  • Tags: Painting, urban painting, cities, figurative painting, representation, Everyday life, Place to live, Markets, People, Street scenes
 
 

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    Biography

    Concepts: For several years I have been making paintings inspired by people's everyday lives in the urban space of cities. The paintings generally arise out of my own visual experience of places and people. I have been interested in the shops, markets and street life around me in London, and recently I have also been making paintings of markets in South American cities, drawing on experience from many years of travelling in South America. I have also curated an exhibition IN THE CITY bringing together painters whose work reflects their experience of cities across four continents. Another strand of work has been a series of paintings of homes in London entitled A Place to Live, inspired by Estate Agent property adverts. I am also currently working on a private commission for a triptych painting of Granary Square, King's Cross, London, which is generating a series of studies and related drawings and paintings.  

    Career path: I studied literature at the University of East Anglia. Following this I trained as Assistant Curator at the Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art for four years. I set up the Warehouse Artists Studios in Norwich where I based my practice for seven years. During this period I was closely involved with the artist-run studio movement, and worked with the National Artists Association to launch a Code of Practice for the Visual Arts. I took part in the site specific exhibition, Wholesale in 1996, for which I filled the walls of a former cold store with a decorative cycle of 18 paintings of massed fruit and vegetable produce. In the same year my work was selected for the Kettles Yard Open, and the International Triennial of Painting, Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1997 I moved to Barcelona, studying on the Winchester School of Art MA European Fine Art. During the MA I produced a series of large, figurative paintings exploring the relationships of families and children, which, following my graduation in 1998, were exhibited in a solo exhibition at the Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich, Switzerland. In Barcelona I also made a series of work about Castellers, the popular Catalan custom of creating human towers as a street display. These pictures explored relationships between people, engaged in a highly structured, public, social activity. The Castellers were exhibited at a solo exhibition at the Galeria Groc in Barcelona and toured in Catalonia. Following my return to the UK in 1999, I developed my current series of work influenced by the urban environment. In 2007 I showed this work in solo exhibitions in Spain in cultural centres in the towns of El Campello, Alicante, and Blanca, Murcia, and at the Liceo de Alicante. In 2011 six paintings from the series "A Place to Live" were selected by Time Out critic Ossian Ward for The Discerning Eye 2011 at the Mall Galleries, and one of these paintings won The Regional Artist Award for the South East. The artist Eileen Hogan invited me to show more images from the series as part of the 2013 Discerning Eye. In autumn 2014 I curated IN THE CITY at the Lion and Lamb, London, including artists Mark Crofton Bell, Trevor Burgess, Stephen Carter, Aida Rubio Gonzalez, Marguerite Horner, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Jock McFadyen and Tanmoy Samanta. Catalogue introduction by Robert Harbison. IN THE CITY is touring to the Gallery at Norwich University of Art in 2017. Recent exhibitions include "A London Painters Survey 2015" curated by Matthew Krishanu (Art Project Space, London) and "Life Between Between Buildings" curated by Connie Gallagher at Spinach, London.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    2014 - A Place to Live, Peacock Gallery, Reading

    2014 - Life in the City, Freespace and New Space Galleries, London

    2012 - A Place to Live, Dreamspace Gallery, London

    2011 - A Place to Live, aul McPherson Gallery, Greenwich, London

    2007 - Casa de Cultura, El Campello, Alicante, Spain

    2007 - Liceo de San Juan, San Juan, Alicante, Spain

    2007 - Sala de Exposiciones, Villa de Blanca, , Blanca, Murcia, Spain

    2005 - Wigs and Chips, Tara Bryan Gallery, London

    1999 - Els Castellers, Galeria Groc, Barcelona, Spain and touring in Catalunya

    1999 - Galerie Daniel Wahrenburger, Zurich, Switzerland

    1996 - Family Snaps, King's Lynn Arts Centre, King's Lynn, UK

    1992 - Chappel Galleries, Colchester, UK

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Dulwich Festival, Cavaliero Finn, London

    2016 - Works on Paper,  Lovely Gallery, London

    2016 - Jane Newbery Gallery,  London

    2015 - Life Between Buildings, Spinach, London

    2015 - A London Painters Survey 2015, Artists Project Space, London

    2015 - Summer Salon, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London

    2015 - The Exhibit, Balham, London

    2015 - Open CueB 2015, CueB Gallery, London

    2014 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2014 - In the City, Lion and Lamb, London

    2014- Open House, Cavaliero Finn, London

    2013 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2013-15 - Developing Artists, Devonshires, London

    2013 - Open cueB 2013, cueB Gallery, London

    2012 - Affordable Art Fair, Cavaliero Finn, Battersea, London

    2012 - Open House, Cavaliero Finn, London

    2012 - Winter Show, Cavaliero Finn, London

    2011 - Group Exhibition, StArt Space, London

    2011 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, Prizewinner

    2011 - The London Group, The Cello Factory , Waterloo, London

    2010 - Captured, Catmose Arts Gallery, Oakham, Rutland,

    2010 - Open House, Cavaliero Finn, London

    2010 - Open Studios Guest Artist, APT Studios, Deptford, London

    2009 - Ars Artis Gratia, Rivington Gallery, London

    2009 - Creekside Open 2009, APT Gallery, Deptford, London

    2006 - Chocolate Factory Open Studios, Chocolate Factory, Wood Green, London

    2006 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2005 - Group exhibition, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich, Switzerland

    2003 - Open Studios Guest Artist, Chocolate Factory, London

    2002 - Open Studios, Guest Artist, Chocolate Factory, London

    2001 - 7 Painters and 1 Self, The Dockroom, London

    1998 - Centro Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain

    1998 - Cheltenham Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Art and tour to Hull, UK and Berlin, Germany

    1998 - Galerie Daniel Wahrenburger, Zurich, Switzerland

    1997 - New Visions, Broad Horizons, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh

    1997- Artbook, London

    1996 - Kettles Yard Open, Kettles Yard, Cambridge

    1996 - Private Views, works from Norfolk collections selected by John Kiki, Contact Gallery, Norwich

    1996 - Sofia 96 Triennial International Exhibition of painting, Art Gallery of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Sofia, Bulgaria

    1996 - Wholesale site specific art project, Norwich

    1995 - Eastern Open, King's Lynn Arts Centre

    1995 - The way we live now, Gardener Arts Centre, Brighton

    1994 - Andrew Usiskin Contemporary Art, London

    1994 - Rexel Derwent Drawing Competition, Cheltenham and Gloucester School of Art

    1993 - Castle Art Show, Castle Museum, Norwich

    1993 - Unicorn Pictures, London

    1990 - Eastern Open, King's Lynn Arts Centre

    1988 - Constable Landscape Competition, Camden Arts Centre, London

    1988 - Eastern Open, King's Lynn Arts Centre

    Commissions

    2015 - Private commission for triptych painting of Granary Square, London

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2011 - Regional Artists Prize, South East, The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

    2006 - Creative Growth Award, Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA), London

    1997 - Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Award

    1996 - Artists Development Grant, Eastern Arts Board, Cambridge