MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementI am interested in simplification and combining polar opposites: hard edge against organic, geometry against natural form, transparency against opacity, and expressionistic chance against minimalist plan. This simplification and combination of polar opposites amplifies image. Without black there is no white. Partial obfuscation of the central image occurs in tandem with these juxtapositions, heightening the sense of threat and mystery which has been a constant in my work for the last twenty years.
Patrick Burns was born in Birmingham, England in 1955, and grew up on the Texas gulf coast. He has a BA from the University of Houston/Clear Lake and an MFA from Sam Houston State University in printmaking. Since 1979, Burns has exhibited nationally with his most recent one-person shows at Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland and Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. In 2004, Burns was the recipient of an Individual Artist award, in painting, from the maryland State Arts Council and Artist In Residence, Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, where he produced the "Evergreen Drawings"-a series of drawings on sandpaper. Currently he is working on a print collaboration with Baltimore poet Michael Salcman. In the Fall of 2007, he was the Acting Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and most recently he is a member of the Senior Thesis Program faculty.