106 x 126 cm | 39 x 46 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"High Rise by J. G. Ballard has proved to be an enlightening and exciting highlight in my journey to date. The text discusses the dystopian reality of living in a Modernist Architectural Ideology (a 40 storey high-rise) and has been a pivotal text informing my practice. The book has provided a philosophical and ideological underpinning to my practice and has broadened my horizons, allowing me to be more creative with the way I construct my paintings and the narrative I am striving to convey."
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.