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10th Anniversary Exhibition

Fairhill Winter Exhibition 2017
Friday 1st December till Saturday 9th December

Gerard M Burns - Winter Exhibition

To celebrate 10 years here in Dullatur we’ve decided to extend the duration of the exhibition from the normal two days over a weekend to a full week. Both weekends will be as normal with open viewing between 11am to 8pm Friday, and 11am and 5pm Saturday, however during the week viewing will be by appointment only.

In the past the two day event although very successful has proved to be quite a tight window for people wishing to attend (particularly at this busy time of the year) so the hope is that by extending the length of the show it will be easier for more of you to get along.

As always attendance is by invitation only so If you would like to come along please contact me by clicking the button below and I’ll put you on the guest list.

Look forward to seeing you out here in Dullatur.

Best wishes, Gerard

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About Gerard M Burns

Born in Glasgow in 1961, Burns graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1983 with a degree in Fine Art. Drawing and Painting have been his passion since childhood. He shared this enthusiasm throughout his teaching career, later leaving a successful post as principal of art at St Aloysius College Glasgow to pursue his painting full time. Since 1999 this commitment has resulted in his current standing as one of Scotland’s most respected artists.

His growing client base varies from A-list celebrities to prominent members of business communities in the UK, Canada, Europe and the USA who collect his work for both personal and corporate folios. His paintings, most noted for their modern day translations of traditional themes, grace homes and workplaces worldwide. One of the best known examples example of his work is “The Rowan” which former Scottish First Minister had hanging behind his desk at the Scottish Parliament for the duration of his tenure. in 2016 his portraits of Former First Minister Alex Salmond and author Denise Mina were entered into the permanent collection at the Scottish National portrait gallery, and his portrait of politician Margo McDonald was installed permanently in the Scottish Parliament.

Working with a bold palette on a massive scale his canvases still manage to convey an almost domestic intimacy… possibly because he paints what he knows. Relatives, friends and neighbours are all used as models and are painted in the rich, ark tones which reflect his environment. As the artist says ‘I am attempting to reclaim a more traditional approach to painting….my goal is realism, but it’s by increasingly abstract means that realism is attained.’  

For those coming to Gerard’s work for the first time it is worth taking into account that although we are presented with an image which could be described as representational, even photographic, each of the various pictorial elements also contains a deeper symbolic meaning. Whether it is wolves prowling around the legs of a small girl, a pinstriped figure on a high wire suspended above the city, a young woman standing at a water’s edge, or a child leading a black horse through a winter wilderness, each combination is intended to provoke in us an ‘emotional response’, a sense of place, a feeling almost that we “have been here before”… in essence that the whole becomes far greater than the sum of its parts.

It is fair to say that in terms of the choice of subject matter, and sheer strength of his technique, Burns has no peers. He is ploughing a lone furrow straddling the world of representational painting and the world of conceptual art and the simple fact of the matter is, that with greater awareness of his talent, so his fan base grows.

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