|Andy Burgess is a London-born painter, collage artist and photographer now based with his family in Tucson, Arizona. Burgess is known for panoramic cityscape paintings, explorations of modernist and mid-century architecture and elaborate mosaic-like collages made from vintage papers collected over many years. He describes these collages as “Pop Geometry” referencing both a golden age of American advertising and graphic design from the 1930’s to the 1960’s with it’s witty typographic flourishes and Art Deco influences and also early Twentieth Century art movements such as Cubism and Russian Constructivism.
Burgess began making collage over twenty years ago. Initially inspired by a retrospective of the work of Kurt Schwitters at The Centre Pompidou in Paris, Burgesses early collages were made with lo-fi materials such as tissue paper and masking tape but they gradually began to incorporate all manner of ephemera including ticket stubs, matchbooks, cigarette labels, vintage and found papers, as well as hand painted and stained papers made using ink and acrylics.
Burgess’s first significant collage show “Cut and Paste” was in 2008 at Clifton, a design gallery in North London, and this show was followed a year later by another in Cork Street, Mayfair, London’s premier art gallery district. In 2013 Burgess was invited to have an exhibition of his collage work entitled “Paper City” at the University of Arizona Museum of Art.
Burgess is very pleased to premier a new suite of collages at Etherton Gallery in Tucson. These new works are intricate “miniatures”, made with tiny torn and cut pieces of aged paper chosen for their color and patina. Many of the papers are deconstructed from vintage matchbooks and specifically the “strikers” themselves. The worn and faded striped patterns with their multiplicity of printed color lend themselves to abstract composition. Each collage is a carefully arranged, meticulously ordered set of relationships. The older and more beaten the paper the more “gem-like” the result. The intention is to draw out beauty from the mundane and the overlooked.
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