Gregory Burns. American, born 1960

Swimming to five world records during three Paralympics and staging exhibitions globally for three decades, Gregory Burns’ interactive presentations and contemporary paintings inspire us to be and achieve more.


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Artist Statement

We all come and go-circling our homes in search of something yet defined. For 30 years I have left and returned to California, home of my family and what little roots I have. Here I find nature and people I love. Here I am like the child playing hide-and-go seek at the end of the game yelling, "Oli oli in come free". It's time to return. Its time to go home for dinner. It's time to be with what makes me whole.
Biography

Born in Washington DC, Gregory Burns, has lived all over the world. His passion for art began as a boy growing up in Paris where he created comic strips and painted bottles of Beaujolais. During his first university art class he knew he had found his calling when confronted with the nude. He slipped into the fabric of Asia in 1984, concluding a cloistered existence painting the beauty of the California Dream. Setting sail for Taiwan he studied Chinese brush painting and calligraphy with local masters for two years.

With broken Mandarin and paintbrushes he began a summer backpacking trip overland through China, Tibet, Nepal, India and Pakistan, which stretched into a 16-month sojourn. While seeking out Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites, his artwork began referencing the different religious and architectural imagery of Asia.

Since completing his Master in Painting at the end of the last century, the intrepid traveler continues to cast a wide net in order to pull in a diverse collection of colors and imagery from which he tries to express the power of the human spirit searching for meaning and a sense of place.

Gregory has held 80 solo and group painting exhibitions in over a dozen countries since 1980 and has been the celebrated Artist-in-Residence at thirty 5-Star Resorts and venues since 1999. Gregory has published three books in English and Mandarin and has been featured on BBC, CNN, CNBC, ESPN, CNA, CCTV and in The AWSJ, Time Magazine and The China Daily. He is represented by the Tanya Baxter Gallery in London, the Tony Raka Gallery in Bali and the Yang Gallery in Singapore and Beijing.

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born 1960 Washington DC

education
1999  MFA Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
1984-85  Graduate Studies, Chinese painting, calligraphy and art history,
Chung Da University; Taipei, Taiwan
1980  BA University of California, Santa Barbara
public collections
2015 The Cumberland Hotel, London, UK (Mural behind Reception)
2013 First Gulf Bank, Singapore
One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
2012 Jones Day, Shanghai, China
Rias Ark Museum of Art, Kesennuma, Japan
Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China
2010 The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, China
2009 First Gulf Bank, Singapore
Ho Bee, Singapore
2008 BHP Billiton, Australia & China
2007 Four Seasons Resorts, Indonesia
2006 Banyan Tree Resorts, China & Maldives
2005 Clifford Chance Wong, Singapore
Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong
Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore
2004 Credit Suisse, Singapore
Utrecht, New Jersey, USA
2003 P&G Asia, Singapore
2002 Oberoi Resorts, Udaipur, India
2001 ST Micro Electronics, Singapore
2000 The United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, USA
Bill & Hilary Clinton, Washington D.C., USA
The Mingei International Museum, San Diego, USA
The Drachen Foundation, Seattle, USA
1999 Ambassador to the United States and Mrs. Green, Singapore
Mercedes Benz, Singapore
M1 Mobile Telephone, Singapore
1998 Iomega, Singapore
Nokia Telecommunications, Singapore
Allied Domecq, London, England
1997 National Council of Social Services, Singapore
1995 PepsiCo Foundation, Purchase, New York
1994 Belgian Bank, Hong Kong
Dewey Ballantine Law Office, Hong Kong
1985 TYPA Community Center, Wall Murals, Taipei, Taiwan
1983 Dole Pineapple Corporation, Honolulu, USA
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