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Trevor Burgess

Artist, Curator, Project manager, Consultant, Fundraiser

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.

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Location London
Activities Practice-based research, Private commissions, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Fundraising
Artforms / type of project 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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  • Life Between Buildings

    31/10/2015 – 29/01/2016
    Spinach, 144 Liverpool Rd, London N1 1LA

    Group exhibition curated by Connie Gallagher, presenting work from artists who use their experience of the urban environment.

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  • A London Painters Survey 2015

    10/09/2015 – 20/09/2015
    Artworks Project Space, Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6AA

    Curated by Matthew Krishanu and David Sullivan

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  • Granary Square Triptych

    I am currently working on a private commission for a triptych painting of Granary Square, King's Cross, London which is generating a series of related studies, drawings and paintings.

  • IN THE CITY, curated by Trevor Burgess

    19/09/2014 – 11/10/2014
    Lion and Lamb Gallery, 46 Fanshaw St, London N1 6LG 19 Sept-11 Oct

    Trevor Burgess, Mark Crofton Bell, Stephen Carter, Aída Rubio González, Marguerite Horner, Matthew Krishanu, Jock McFadyen, Lee Maelzer, Tanmoy Samanta Catalogue essay by Robert Harbison

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  • IN THE CITY touring exhibition, curated by Trevor Burgess

    IN THE CITY, an exhibition of painters whose work explores experience of living in a city, is available for tour and will show at the Gallery at Norwich University of Art in 2017

  • Life in the City

    16/05/2014 – 13/06/2014
    Free Space Gallery. Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BX. 16 May -13 June.

    Trevor Burgess's paintings of life in the city recover memories of the environment around him. Snapshot images reveal the familiar in scenes of people going about their everyday lives.

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