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Anthony Burns

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Anthony was born in the East End of Glasgow. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art (1982) and the Slade School of Fine Art (1985). Initially dividing his time between travelling and playing in bands, he eventually got a start in architecture in London in the early 90’s before moving on to Interior Architecture. He spent five years with Morey Smith Interior Architects as a concept designer during the practice’s formative period.

He has exhibited regularly over the years; see the bio below. He continues to paint daily in his studio deep in the beautiful Scottish countryside of Dumfries and Galloway.

Anthony's work features in numerous private collections.

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"I paint from memory, fantasy, dreams and half remembered events, humanity and humour, often related to my past experiences of Glasgow. I create narrative threads that inform paintings in series or cycles. These cycles directly link the paintings both visually and conceptually with the aim of seducing and entertaining the viewer. When any cycle is shown together as an ‘installation’, my hope is to elicit the same cerebral reaction of discovery and physical yearning for involvement as I experienced when first confronted with Degas’ ballerinas as a nine-year-old in Kelvingrove. Meanwhile, I indulge in the all-consuming joyous activity of painting on a daily basis."

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Arts Bio


Glasgow School of Art, graduate in fine art, 1982

Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, postgraduate in fine art, 1985


2023: The Fish Cycle (An Entertainment), Solo Exhibition, Moffat Town Hall, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

2017: Group exhibition, A’ The Airts, Arts Centre Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

2017: Group exhibition, Tollbooth Gallery Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

2016: MAC group exhibition, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

2014: Solo exhibition of water colours, Munros, Isle of Bute, Scotland

2013: Solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, Isle of Bute, Library, Scotland


2007 – 2010

Living and working in:

Portugal, Canary Islands, South of France.


2005: Group exhibition to celebrate gallery’s 10th anniversary, Rien’s Gallery Oirschot, NL

Prize for best artwork over the gallery’s ten years

2004: Solo exhibition of paintings drawings and watercolours, various spaces and venues across the island of                          Kefalonia, Greece

2004: Solo exhibition Paintings, Rien’s Gallery, Oirschot, NL

2003: Group exhibition, Former Welvaart Venue, Den Bosch, NL

2002: Solo exhibition of paintings, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL

2001: Duo exhibition of paintings, Muzerije Arts centre, Den Bosch, NL

2000: Exhibition of screen prints, Kurtface screen printer’s and gallery, Den Bosch, NL


1994 – 1999

With Morey Smith Architecture, London: Member of the design team (Senior Concept Designer) responsible for designing and executing a number of high-profile projects:

1998: Discovery TV Channel headquarters, London

1997: Olswang Lawyers headquarters, Covent Garden, London

1996: Virgin Bride, Virgin Group, Northumberland Avenue, London

1995: Capital Radio studios, Leicester Square, London

1994: Royal Commonwealth Society Club, Northumberland Avenue, London


1994: Exhibition of oil paintings, the Corner Gallery, Highbury Corner, London,

1993: Exhibition of watercolours, Mary Kleinman’s, Highbury London,

1992: IAC Annual group exhibition, Islington Library, London

1991: IAC Annual group exhibition, Islington Library, London

1990: Solo exhibition of paintings, Silvia’s Restaurant, Soho, London

1990: New English Art Club Annual Show, London

Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers prize

1985 – 1989

Involved in music and travelling

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