Greg Mason Burns

About

Bio

Born in Bar Harbor, Maine (1975), Greg Mason Burns completed his Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh (UK), with a focus on European Politics. He has two Bachelor degrees from the University of Maine, Orono, the first in Journalism and the second Public Administration. Before returning to Maine in 2016, he resided in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Chile.

Burns began his artistic career while living in Santiago de Chile in 2010. A self-taught artist, his influences span the art historical canon, multiple academic disciplines, and three continents. He cites Kandinsky, Barnett Newman, and Diebenkorn for their visual inspiration, Earnest Hemingway for his linguistic parsimony, and the experiential dynamics of having lived on multiple continents all as factors contributing to his personal aesthetic. Each continent has helped him explore various sides of his artistic voice, from the structure of Europe to the chaos of Brazil to the safety of Maine. Because of these different influences, Burns’ work is diverse.

Burns has exhibited internationally, including locations in Brazil, Portugal, Scotland, and the United States.

About Greg Mason Burns

About Me: a self-portrait of Greg Mason Burns (oil pastel – 2013)

Artist statement

Greg Mason Burns is a conceptual painter who highlights emotional unknowns, with particular attention to societal pressure, adventure, fear, frustration, stress, and chaos. He creates critical works that directly relate to the surroundings that impact him most in a particular phase or moment. He works in a variety of media including: oil, acrylic, oil pastel, charcoal, watercolor, photography, and collage. Burns focuses on emotional unknowns. He Concentrates primarily on the “interpretation gap” that is present in Reception Theory, where he attempts to identify areas of mis-information, manipulation, and mis-representation of the mass media’s message and relate them to the audience’s understanding of reality. This “gap” that exists between the media and the audience is what drives his artistic intellectualism as he attempts to fill it with the stress that is caused by our current socio-politico divide. His work is not politically partisan.

While he worked on this project in many ways for several years leading up to 2020, his work then developed into three areas: the blurriness of information in relation to identity; the re-shaping of news headlines into “snapshots” of words that cause emotional responses that may be different than the original headlines would have caused; and the taking of complex emotional issues and presenting them as overly simplistic responses. All three criticize how we interpret, absorb, and relay information. His work often reflects the immediate environment he is working in.

Curriculum Vitae

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2022

Experiments in WAtercolor: Diversity in Luminosity, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Portland, Maine
Being Human, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Portland, Maine

2021

Midcoast Salon: Art Matters, University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine
Midcoast Salon: Art Matters, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Portland, Maine
ART2021, The Harlow, Hallowell, Maine
Abstract Photography, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Virtual Exhibition, Portland, Maine (curator and artist)

2020

Sheltered in Place, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Virtual Exhibition, Portland, Maine
Artists in the Time of Coronavirus, TheArtBlog.org, Part 48, Virtual Exhibition
35 x 35 Project, Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece
Life in Times of Corona, Curated Christoph Brandl, Virtual Exhibition, Germany
Exhibition Collective #2, Frank Brockman Gallery, Brunswick, ME
Storm, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Black and White, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

2019

Abstraction, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Wild Things, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Night and Day, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Annual Invitational Art Show, Kennebunk River Club, Kennebunkport, Maine
Interiors, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Ours is a Life of Lights and Shadows, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Portland, Maine
Mixmaster at the Matt, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
The Way Life Is – Maine Working Families and Communities, Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery, Portland, Maine

2018

Representation – Maggio Art Consultancy, London, England (Artsy.net) (adjust the link to Greg)
Protest Art – Smart Studio, Northeast Harbor, ME (group)
Representation – byDesign Gallery, Bangor, ME
Reception Theory – Contemporary Arts International, Acton, MA (solo)*
Luciano Benetton Imago Mundi Project, Scotland Collection – Various Exhibition Locations, Scotland, UK*

2017

Abstract Ideas. Art You Can Imagine – Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor, ME (solo)
Novo-Surrealism – Northeast Harbor Public Library, Northeast Harbor, Maine (solo)*
MDI Open – Shaw Gallery – Northeast Harbor, Maine (group)
Zaratan Arte Contemporânea (residency and open studio) – Lisboa, Portugal

2016

Oscar Niemeyer Museum (rogue) – Curitiba, Brazil*
Collector´s Choice – Studio Channel Islands – Camarillo, CA (group)

2014

Saccaro – Representation of works – Curitiba, Brazil
Galeria Artestil – Representation of works – Curitiba, Brazil
rEvolution – Museu Guido Viaro – Curitiba, Brazil*
Pieces of 2013 (an introspective of 2013) – Café Camões – Curitiba, Brazil*

2013

Ainda, Vida – Hacienda Cafe – Curitiba, Brazil*

2012

Carmen Romero Mostra de Talento – Carmen Romero Flamenco School – Curitiba, Brazil*
The first exhibition – Restaurante Casquilho – Curitiba, Brazil *

Residences

Zaratan – Lisbon – Portugal
Contemporary Arts International – Acton – Massachussets – USA
Watershed Studio – Galway – Ireland