An artist exploring what the gap between the media’s message and the audience’s reality looks like. Redefining Surrealism.
Greg Mason Burns is a contemporary painter who focuses on emotional unknowns and in particular societal pressure, adventure, fear, frustration, stress, and chaos. His current works include paintings using oil, watercolor, charcoal, and oil pastel, and can be abstract and reductive in nature.
Burns partially characterizes himself as “novo surrealist” in that he sees the world itself as a surrealistic collection of events. His art is not about dreams, but more about contrasting the media-dominated reality with personal emotions. Burns sees this contrast as being surreal, and it is this that greatly affects his work. In particular, he imagines the understanding gap between the media-driven reality and the audience’s reality as a place, instead of a state of mind, and asks what that gap would look like if it were a physical location.
His long-term goal is to work from project-related grants and private sales and donations in order to advance his projects. He has been heavily influenced by Ernest Hemingway, Wassily Kandinsky, and in general the Fauvism and Expressionist movements, and to some extent transcendental idealism.
Burns’ start as an artist began professionally in 2010 in Santiago de Chile, where he lived for a time before moving to Curitiba, Brazil in 2011. While his work has primarily focused on oil, oil pastel, and watercolor paintings, he has projects that will involve sculpture, video, and installations in the future.Burns has two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maine, one in Journalism and the other in Public Administration. He has a Master’s degree in European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
To date he has exhibited at several locations in Curitiba, Brazil, including the Guido Viaro Museum, Artestil Gallery, Sacarro, Cafe Camoes, and Hacienda Cafe, as well as a rogue exhibit at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum.