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Steve Burden

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

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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.

Solo Exhibitions

2018, Made From Deptford, No Format, London
2017, The Pepys, The Roper Gallery, Bath
2017, Utopian Myths, Black Swan Arts, Frome, UK
2017, Pigs at Pepys, Lane House Arts, Bath
2015, Pigs Might Fly, Old Street Underground, London

Group Exhibitions

2019, Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London
2019, Figures & Faces, Andelli Art, Wells, UK
2019, Next Generation, Alon Zakaim, London
2019, Reconstructing the reality, Peyer Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland
2018, Come as you are, Dadiani Fine Art, Cork Street, London

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2018, John Moores - Shortlisted
2018, Black Swan Arts - Judge
2017, Aesthetica Art Prize - Longlisted
2016, Aesthetica Art Prize - Longlisted
2017, A-N Bursary
2018, Ibrahim Foundation Residency
2017, Alternative Visions - Winner
2016, Black Swan Arts - Winner
2016, Bruton Art Factory - Brutalist
2016, Derek Hill Foundation Award
2018, Zabludowicz Collection
2019, Zabludowicz Collection
2019, Ambassador, Outside In
2019, Creekside Open

Original works:

Inside Eddystone

By Steve Burden

£5000

The White Horse

By Steve Burden

£5000

Ad Canibus

By Steve Burden

£5000

Sunk Estate

By Steve Burden

£7000

Peter at Pepys

By Steve Burden

£6000

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Abattoir

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Self Portrait

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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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Horse Falling

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The Drummer Returns

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Beaten Boxer

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The Queen of Pepys

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Walter Smith

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Cell 5

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QEII at Pepys Estate

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The Fowler Troop

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Self Portrait

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QEII

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Sidney Kelly

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Thriving Like an Advanced Spec...

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Works Alone

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Cerberus

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Inside Eddystone

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Self Portrait

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W. S. Moore

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J. C. James

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P. H. Ross

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J. B. Potter

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Munro

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Skukerman

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