Ron Burns and his wife, Buff, live part-time in Scottsdale, Arizona in a house filled with desert light, half-crushed tubes of acrylic paint, canvasses in various stages of completion and, of course, Rufus.
James Gill was one of the standouts among the pop artists. He experienced a rapid ascent in the art world, getting his work into major collections such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and receiving commissions such as the cover of Time Magazine in 1968. Over the decade that followed, James Gill became an icon in the pop art world.
“My work reflects our society’s obsession with beauty through advertising – and the endless images that bombard us daily. It is a purposeful intermix of images derived from advertising and thousands of incongruent pieces – images and text – from advertising that arrives through my mailbox. I appropriate these images and create them anew. Assembled like a mosaic; the paper tiles create an entirely new image – an eclectic and tactile portrait reworked in my imagination, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to waste.”
I use in-depth expression in my work to relate interpersonal stories of lost love, hope, fear, desire, dedication, wistful remembrances and more. The faces I paint are symbolically reminiscent of vague and vintage dream landscapes which focus on the metaphoric mood and flow of each person’s individual story.
“In my work, I illustrate the incredible spirits within animals. I want people to stop and think, “Look at this extraordinary spirit that just happens to be in the body of a dog.” With bold colors (usually not found in nature) I try what artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe tried – to have the observer take a “closer look” at what is often considered the ordinary. I want to convey what is beneath the outside parameters and inward to the heart and soul.