Drew Burnham | Poetry of Place

Drew Burnham | Poetry of Place
July 22-August 3, 2023
3045 Granville Street, Vancouver
Opening Reception Saturday, July 22, 2-4pm | Artist in Attendance

Bau-Xi Vancouver is thrilled to present this very highly anticipated new exhibition from established BC painter Drew Burnham. Well-known for his unique, hyperrealist portrayal of British Columbia's coastal landscapes, Burnham employs his immense skill, deeply intuitive process and immediately recognizable visual vocabulary of vivid colour, stylized form, and glazed lines to make his paintings leap to life - they seem to pulse with an inherent rhythm, and reverberate with the energy of the landscapes themselves. With an ever-increasing demand for his work, Burnham has experienced sold-out shows for over 10 years.

This new collection of five paintings is the culmination of two years of the artist's work.

Burnham trained with Don Jarvis and Toni Onley, and studied architectural rendering as well as Fine Art at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art+Design) and at the University of Victoria. Burnham continues to live and paint out of his home and studio on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Artist Statement:

What is showing up in my painting space is a distinct recognition that a painting only needs me to move the brush, not to be the creator of the work. My job is to not interfere but to disappear, with no thought, no theory, no input. It is not an intellectual process; its language is not words. The unpainted painting knows what to do, it just needs hands. It is finished when it stops asking for final fixes of the bits I have interfered with. These are things I did not expect to find out.

-Drew Burnham, 2023


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