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Steve Burden

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Degree: MA Fine Art (Distinction)
University: Bath Spa University
Graduation Year: 2016

New Blood Art Statement

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Steve Burden constructs images laden with brutalist edges and heavy slabs of colour to express the juxtaposition of humans in urban environments. The works contain a sense of aggression and isolation which is accentuated by Burden’s aesthetic style of scraped-back paint and strong, solid, tonal range. Inspired by his upbringing in the “urban jungle” of London, his paintings contain architectural and figurative elements. The work is evocative of Friedrich Engels observations of the streets of London, “The very turmoil of the streets has something repulsive, something against which human nature rebels.” Burden, however, creates images that not only rebel against the bustling streets and forgotten housing estates but revel and excel within them.

Artist Statement

Inspired by my own experiences growing up on the Pepys (a council estate in Deptford, south London), my current practice investigates dystopian themes and ideas associated with British housing estates. These formative experiences are at the heart of my work: I am interested in exploring my roots and the urban context in which I grew up. Most of all, I am striving to understand how this has affected my visual aesthetic and behavior as an artist. I am very much interested in the notion of a city and how it affects our relationships with each other and the environment in which we live. I want my work to have a visceral quality and, rather than render an image in paint, my process is an exploration in letting the medium take over and create works that I would find very difficult to recreate.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions 

2018 - NO FORMAT GALLERY, DEPTFORD, LONDON
2017 - PIGS AT PEPYS, LANE HOUSE ARTS, BATH
2017 - UTOPIAN MYTHS, BLACK SWAN ARTS, FROME
2017 - PEPYS, ROPER GALLERY, BATH
2015 - PIGS MIGHT FLY, OLD STREET, LONDON

Group Exhibitions 

2018 - DRAWING OPEN, NO FORMAT GALLERY, DEPTFORD, LONDON
2018 - RECONSTRUCTING THE REALITY, D10, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
2018 - ART CAPITAL, HANGSHENG CAPITAL, HANGZHOU, CHINA
2018 - ARTPLU, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SHANGHAI, CHINA
2018 - ALTERNATIVE VISIONS, POOLE MUSUEM, UK
2018 - ALTERNATIVE VISIONS, THE WILSON, CHELTENHAM, UK
2017 - PAINTING OPEN, NO FORMAT GALLERY, DEPTFORD, LONDON
2017 - ALTERNATIVE VISIONS, FALMOUTH ART GALLERY, UK
2017 - ART SHENZEN, SHENZEN CITY, CHINA
2017 - MONARCHS TO MONGRELS, THE SHEPPEY, GODNEY, UK
2017 - WILD IN THE COUNTRY, BRUTON ART FACTORY, UK
2017 - ALTERNATIVE VISIONS, BRISTOL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, UK
2017 - FRINGE ARTS, BATH, UK
2017 - GAVIN TURK AND FRIENDS, BRUTON ART FACTORY, UK
2017 - WAY OUT WEST, BRUTON ART FACTORY, UK
2016 - THE THAMES: THE ARTERY OF LONDON, DEVON HOUSE, LONDON
2016 - BRUT MIDWINTER, BRUTON ART FACTORY, UK
2016 - ENTOPIA, SPACE, BRISTOL, UK
2016 - BLACKSWAN ARTS, FROME, UK 
2016 - FRINGE ARTS BATH, BATH CENTRAL LIBRARY, UK
2016 - OPEN CALL, CHAPEL ARTS CAFE, BATH, UK
2016 - SPACE, CORSHAM COURT, WILTSHIRE, UK
2016 - THE ARTIST BEHIND THE WORK, BATH SPA UNIVERSITY, UK
2016 - MAFIA, WALCOT CHAPEL, BATH, UK
2016 - THE ART OF BOXING, OLD STREET, LONDON
2015 - YULETIDE, 44AD, BATH, UK
2015 - OPEN CALL, CAPITAL GALLERY, LONDON
2015 - OPEN CALL, ANGUS-HUGHES, LONDON
2015 - THE BLUE SKYLINE,  WUXI CITY, CHINA

Qualifications 

2016 - MA FINE ART (DISTINCTION), BATH SPA UNIVERSITY
2003 - MA GRAPHIC DESIGN, LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION
2000 - DIPLOMA, CLASSICAL HISTORY, OPEN UNIVERSITY
1996 - BA HONS (FIRST CLASS), GOLDSMITHS

Awards 

2018 - BLACK SWAN ARTS - JUDGE
2018 - JOHN MOORES PRIZE - SHORTLISTED
2017 - AESTHETICA ART PRIZE - LONGLISTED
2017 - A-N BURSARY
2017 - ALTERNATIVE VISIONS - FINALIST
2017 - NEW BLOOD ART - MASTER
2016 - AESTHETICA ART PRIZE - LONGLISTED
2016 - BLACK SWAN ARTS - WINNER
2016 - BRUTON ART FACTORY - BRUTALIST
2016 - DEREK HILL FOUNDATION AWARD

Commissions / Collections 

BALTAZAR FILM
BGC PARTNERS
CITIGROUP
M ROONEY 
PORTLAND 
THE JACKSON FAMILY

Original works:

Dyer

By Steve Burden

£1100

Inside Eddystone

By Steve Burden

£4800

QE2

By Steve Burden

£1500

Arsenic Mask

By Steve Burden

£1800

Arsenic Window

By Steve Burden

£1800

The Queen of Pepys

By Steve Burden

£2500

Urban Playground

By Steve Burden

£1500

Grand Piano

By Steve Burden

£6000

QE1 Study

By Steve Burden

£750

Walter Smith Study

By Steve Burden

£750

Sunk Estate

By Steve Burden

£8000

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Abandoned in the Sky

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Dystopia

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Pepys

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What a Joke

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Hope on Thames

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The Elephant in the Room

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Mastiff Study

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Blue Gorilla

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David

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Walter Smith

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QEII at Pepys Estate

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