Andy Burgess, Narratives, March 2017
Although best known as a painter of urban landscapes and mid-century architecture, I have had a serious engagement with photography and photographic processes for over twenty-five years.
I am a compulsive image-maker, drawn to the urban environment, the accidental geometry of the city, the intersecting curves and planes of the modern world and the interplay of light and shadow in the human environment. This is a form of street photography but with a quiet aesthetic influenced by abstract art and modernist preoccupations. I seek poetry in the mundane, the ordinary and the discarded. The aged, the discarded, the beaten, and the ugly: all objects possess personalities and histories that imbue them with spiritual value. I hope the viewer will be able to look more closely and find beauty in the everyday experience of life.
Over the years, I have been drawn back to analogue forms of expression as an antidote to the digital experience of the modern world. My new body of work is presented in grids of nine, creating a narrative dimension, a beatnik journey into the American psyche and a poetry of light and shadow.
London-born artist Andy Burgess, currently residing in Tucson, Arizona, is known for his renditions of modernist and mid-century architecture, panoramic cityscape paintings, and elaborate mosaic-like collages made from collected vintage papers and ephemera. Burgess continually expands his artistic vocabulary by mastering various media, most recently immersing himself in photography and printmaking.
Represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London, as well as galleries in San Francisco, Laguna Beach, New York and by Etherton Gallery in Tucson, Burgess’s work can be seen at many prestigious international art fairs, including Art Miami, Art Hamptons, The London Art Fair, Art Central in Hong Kong, and Art New York.
In January 2012, Burgess had his first museum exhibit at The University of Arizona Museum of Art. In 2014, Burgess had his first solo New York exhibition at Site 109. In 2016, he was invited to collaborate with master printmakers at Tandem Press in Madison, Wisconsin. Nazraeli Press is scheduled to publish a monograph on Burgess later in 2017, and a solo exhibit is planned for early 2018 at the Tucson Museum of Art.Andy Burgess