Gregory Burns’ passion for art began as a boy growing up in Paris where he painted bottles of Beaujolais and slices of French bread. During his first university art class Gregory discovered a passion for the nude. He slipped into Asia in 1984, where he studied Chinese brush painting and calligraphy with local masters in Taiwan and China. 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. Since completing his Master of Fine Art in Painting in 1999, 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 distill and express the power of the human spirit.
Since 1980, Gregory has embarked on painting expeditions across 30 diverse and distant nations. He has held 80 solo and group painting exhibitions in 15 countries and has been the celebrated Artist-in-Residence at nearly 40 venues globally. Gregory has published two books in English and one in Mandarin and is represented by the Tanya Baxter Gallery in London, the Tony Raka Gallery in Bali and the Yang Gallery in Singapore and Beijing.
Always reinventing himself, Gregory hoped embracing digital media might offer him a more contemporary approach to painting. Embracing a stylus and computer screen, he embarked on a new journey. Combining his sketches, paintings, photos, fodder and prose he began collaging together imagery and messages with pixels instead of paint. Like the excitement that comes with discovering a new muse, he found a fresh fun energy flowing though his art. This dynamic media seamlessly combines the past and present into imagery that excites and pleases him. Welcome to Gregory’s new world of digital mixed media paintings.
Commission Gregory to create a meaningful and memorable artwork of your company, family or friends. Combining his sketches and paintings with your photos and prose, Gregory collages together imagery and messages into a unique portrait.
Numerous companies, hotels, institutions and individuals around the world have commissioned Gregory to create unique, site-specific mixed media paintings for offices, resorts and homes.
For centuries, Artist-in-residence programs have existed to invite artists, writers and other creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. Residencies provide a time of reflection, research, production and immersion into a new culture. Since 1999, Gregory has been the celebrated Artist-in-Residence at over 35 venues globally during which he has honed his art in exotic locations and connected with hundreds of people in local communities.