40 x 50 cm | 15 x 19 in
Original drawing in pencil on paper.
Steve Burden was selected for the RWA Open, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 and held three sell-out solo shows and ten group shows. His painting ‘Abattoir’ has been touring the South West and exhibited at Bristol Museum and Falmouth Art Gallery where it was hung alongside works by Duchamp, Matisse and Picasso – the tour continues next year to The Wilson in Cheltenham and Poole Museum. Gavin Turk also selected him for his exhibition ‘Gavin Turk and Friends’ which included works by Peter Blake, Paula Rego, Rachel Whiteread and Dexter Dalwood. Other notable achievements include being awarded an Artists bursary by A-N (The Artists Information Company) and he was also awarded Artist of the Month by both VASW (Visual Arts South West) and Artiq. This year Steve has featured in several press articles that included being hailed as a Rising Star by the Guardian in May 2017.
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.