The fine line which separates figuration and abstraction underpins Brendan Stuart Burns’s work and a close relationship with the Pembrokeshire Coast has led to a large and ongoing series of paintings.
The paint and the process is integral, both in the painting as well as ‘within’ the landscape. The concept of space, both actual and pictorial; implications of time and place; issues of movement, weather and light; alongside gesture, glimpse and memory are constant themes within these paintings.
Brendan believes very strongly that painting is the most primitive and central of responses he can make to the world around him. The ‘spiritual’ within what He does as a painter, is the common denominator of his creativity. There is a deeper response to these works other than a simple recognition of time and place. They are primeval and ‘touch’ you. His painting communicates to everyone, whether they know Pembrokeshire or not.
Brendan wishes to tap into our genetic make-up, our humanity and being alive to the world. His work is about being human, and the act of creativity. The paintings are about contemplation, they have to be sensed as well as experienced, they are physical paintings. The ‘spiritual’ response and purpose is central.’