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Gregory Burns

Born on 1957 in Washington D.C., USA

  • Education
  • 1999Master in Fine Art (Painting) R. M.I.T. Melbourne, Australia
  • 1984Graduate Studies, Chinese Painting & Calligraphy, Cheng Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1980Bachelor of Arts, Communications Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

I always hoped that huge floodlights would illuminate my path as an artist, beaming brightly across the potted landscape, enabling me to clearly distinguish what trajectory I should take.

Instead, I discovered that the journey unfolds without distinct signposts. It is like walking on a moonless night in a pitch - black forest with a partner that tarries 50 feet behind holding the only last flight. The flimsy beam of light that illuminates his footsteps begrudgingly spills a pittance of light forward and onto the area in front of me. I can discern only the faintest of clues as to which way to go without plunging over a cliff or crashing into a tree. I stagger forward, correcting my path as I go, using every morsel of information available.

I have grown accustomed to this methodology of starting off with more faith than direction discovering en route which way to go. When traveling and painting, my journeys often embrace this routine, departing with only sketchy notions of how best to proceed. Arriving at destinations through a process of discovery precipitates delightful adventures. Allowing for life and art to unfold on their own terms can inspire us with vistas we would otherwise never enjoy.

Thought stumbling, I move forward, arriving in places I always wanted to be, but could never have imagined before starting out. I'm still getting used to this after 30 years of stubbing toes and wasting paint.

  • Solo Exhibition
  • 2004"Unmapped Journey", American Club, Singapore
  • "Euro Rising", Elizabeth Borelli, California, USA
  • "Sanctums", Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
  • "Reflections: Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and India", Seven @ Stevens, Singapore
  • 2003"Migration and Transition", The Big Pagoda Company, San Francisco, USA
  • "Rajasthan Sanctuary", Seven @ Stevens, Singapore
  • 2002"Lake Sanctuary", Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • "Sacred Sites", The Big Pagoda Company, San Francisco, USA
  • "Searching for Sanctuary", Pacific Place, Park Court, Hong Kong
  • "Sacred Sites", University Cultural Center, National University of Singapore
  • 2001"Euro Rising", London Fine Arts Gallery, Singapore
  • "Meditations", Cargo, Milan, Italy
  • 2000"Pools and Sanctuaries", London Fine Arts Gallery, Singapore
  • "Sacred Sites", American Club, Singapore
  • "Sacred Sites", The Oberoi Lombok, Indonesia
  • 1999"Traveling and Arriving: In Search of Sanctuary", La Salle Gallery, Singapore
  • 1998"Yunnan: Old Villages & Stone Forests", American Club, Singapore
  • "Nepal", Hyatt Hotel, Singapore
  • "Portals: Gateways to Sanctuaries", Notices Gallery, Four Seasons, Singapore
  • 1996"Nudes & Abstracts", The Substation, Singapore
  • 1994"From Breast Stroke to Brush Stroke", Convention & Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
  • 1988"Asian Journey", American Club, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1987"China, Nepal, India, and Pakistan", American Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Group Exhibition
  • 2003"Big Island Festival", Mauna Lani resort, Hawaii, USA
  • 2002"Picking Up the Pieces", Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, USA
  • "Art Informed by Buddhist Practice", San Francisco Buddhist Center, USA
  • "Group Show", Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • "MFA Retrospective Show", Dr Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
  • "eMotion Pictures: Orthopedics in Art", Traveling Exhibition: united Nations, New York;
    World Congress on Aging, Madrid, Spain
  • 2001"eMotion Pictures: Orthopedics in Art", Traveling Exhibition: Herbst International Exhibition Hall,
    San Francisco, California, USA; Millennium Arts Center, Washington D.C., USA
  • "Asian Works", King's Road Gallery, London, England
  • "Silicon Valley Open Studios", Cupertino, California, USA
  • 2000"Five Elements", VSA Arts, Singapore
  • 1999"Asia & Pacific Festival", Osaka, Japan
  • "MFA Final Works", 200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1997"Singapore Arts League", Raffles City Atrium, Singapore
  • 1995"New Trends", Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
  • Awards & Comisions
  • Utrecht, New Jersey, USA
  • ST Micro Electronics, Singapore
  • The USA Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, USA
  • Ron Kaufman, art glass window, Singapore
  • M1 Mobile Telephone, Singapore
  • Iomega, Singapore
  • Nokia Telecommunications, Singapore
  • National Council of Social Services, Singapore
  • TYPA Community Center, wall murals, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Margarita Ville Restaurant, wall murals, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Tom Allen Award: Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, California, USA
  • Scholarship: San Francisco Art Institute, USA
  • Private & Corporate Collections
  • Credit Suisse, Singapore
  • P & G, Singapore
  • Ambassador to the United States and Mrs. Green, Singapore
  • Mercedes Benz, Singapore
  • William J. Clinton, Washington D.C., USA
  • The Mingei International Museum, San Diego, USA
  • The Drachen Foundation, Seattle, USA
  • PepsiCo Foundation, Purchase, New York, USA
  • Donald M. Kendall, New York, USA
  • Dole Pineapple Corporation, Honolulu, USA
  • Mrs. P.R.S. Oberoi, London, England
  • Allied Domecq, London, England, Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
  • The Oberoi Lombok, Indonesia
  • Belgian Bank, Hong Kong
  • Dwey Ballantine Law Office, Hong Kong
  • Mr. Robin Hughes, Dubai