Glimpse of the artist

Glimpse of the artist

An exhibition by one of Wales’ most renowned and prolific painters, Brendan Stuart Burns, has just opened at the National Botanic Garden.

His gallery show, which runs until September 30, focuses on his recent work which is featured in the new book ‘Glimpse’, which was launched by writer, director and BBC arts correspondent Jon Gower. Glimpse features extracts from the artist’s personal journal and articles from international art critic Mel Gooding, as well as chapters by Tony Curtis, Sally Moss and Ann Price-Owen.

The book, designed by Andy Dark, is some 200 pages, and has been lavishly printed in Italy by Graphicom to the highest specifications and is case bound.  It costs £75 but copies are available from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for £50 (plus postage & packaging).

Says Brendan: “A close relationship with the Pembrokeshire Coast has provoked a large and ongoing series of paintings. I aspire to a painting which communicates to everyone, whether you know Pembrokeshire or not. It’s our genetic make-up, it’s being human, being alive to the world, that I wish to tap into.”

Brendan currently lives and works in Cardiff. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and undertook a postgraduate in painting at The Slade School of Art, University College London (1985 – 1987). He won the Gold Medal in Fine Art at The National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1993 and 1998, and Welsh Artist of the Year in 2000 and 2003.

Burns has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally, including America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. His one-person exhibitions include Influere, Oriel Y Parc – Landscape Gallery, St. Davids; Tidal Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, (2005); Not the Stillness… National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Oriel Clwyd and Newport Museum & Art Gallery (2002); As well as Being… National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Turner House Gallery, Cardiff (1999).

Glimpse is at the Garden’s Courtyard Gallery until Sunday September 30. The Gallery (and the Garden) is open 10am-6pm seven days a week.

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