Steve Burden

works

Steve Burden portrait 1
Steve Burden portrait 2
‘Portrait 1’
2018, mixed media
30 x 25cm
£660
‘Portrait 2’
2018, mixed media
30 x 25cm
£660
SteveBurden_YellowMunro_80x65_2018
QEII_80x60_SteveBurden_2017
‘Yellow Munro’
2018, oil on canvas
81 x 65cm
£1600
‘QEII’
2018, oil on canvas
81 x 65cm
£1600

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biography
Steve graduated from Goldsmiths College, London with First Class Honours and Bath Spa University with a Masters Degree in Fine Art (distinction).

Inspired by his experiences growing up on the Pepys (a council estate in Deptford, South London), Steve’s current practice investigates dystopian themes and ideas associated with British housing estates. These formative experiences are at the heart of his work: ‘I am interested in exploring my roots and the urban context in which I grew up. Most of all, I am striving to understand how this has affected my visual aesthetic and behavior as an artist. I am very much interested in the notion of a city and how it affects our relationships with each other and the environment in which we live. I want my work to have a visceral quality and, rather than render an image in paint, my process is an exploration in letting the medium take over and create works that I would find very difficult to recreate.’

Recent works include the ‘Monarchs to Mongrels’ series, which charts the role of the monarchy in Deptford and also explores the identity of the criminals who were deported from Deptford Dock, their last view of England being from the site of the Pepys Estate. QE1 knighted Sir Francis Drake aboard his ship The Golden Hind at Deptford and Burden’s sister tap-danced for QE2 as part of her Silver Jubilee at the foot of the tower block his family lived in.