Thursday, 5 January 2012


Here is a recent illustration for the November 2011 edition of The World of Interiors magazine.
The image deals with the notion that even in our great and well respected museums, there are some old masters that are not up to the consistent high quality we are used to.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


It is the beginning of a new year, so let's have some music.

Paul Burgess has put together a 10 song mix from the record shelves of 'Burgess Towers',
St. Leonards-On-Sea.

Studio Music provides an insight into the creative process of visual 
practitioners, through the music that they listen to whilst working.



Saturday, 15 October 2011


If you happen to be in New York in October/November, then why not visit this international collage show in Brooklyn:

All That Remains

Presented by Ugly Art Room
Curated by Charles Wilkin

October 21st - November 19th, 2011

The Ugly Art Room (via Picture Farm)
338 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Opening Reception: 7-9pm, Friday, October 21st, 2011

Paul Burgess, Cless, Virginia Echeverria, Fred Free, John Gall, James Gallagher, April Gertler, ashkan Honarvar, Jenkins, Gordon Magnin, Clarita Mata, Jeffery Meyer, Tom Moglu, Randy Mora, Julien Pacaud, Lilly Pereira, Ciara Phelan, David Plunkert, Eduardo Recife, Kareen Rizk, Valerie Roybal, Katherine Streeter, Leigh Wells, Charles Wilkin, Lionel Williams, Bill Zindel.

About the Show

From its abstract roots in Cubism to the political and counter culture movements of Dada and Punk, collage has always been a product of its environment. With the rise of 24 hour media cycles, social networks and search engines, contemporary culture has effectively rendered print media obsolete, creating a virtual boom in discarded paper ephemera for collage artists to examine and reinvent. Through these discarded remnants collage artists have become the archivists and activists of this post modern age, paralleling the frenetic pace in which we live while exposing the voyeuristic and often disjointed nature of popular culture.

From this cultural and historical foundation All That Remains will act primarily as a bridge between the past, present and future, while surveying contemporary collage through a select group of 25 artists exploring a variety of techniques and formats. Each artist however will be asked to submit work based loosely on the following metaphors: memory, obsession, connections, disenchantment and revelations.

These curated themes will provide the necessary conceptual framework while presenting a deeper examining of both collage, its conceptual heritage and the analogous sensations created by modern expectations.

In keeping with the situational history of photomontage, the site-specific curatorial project Ugly Art Room is exhibiting All That Remains at Picture Farm, a working photography studio. The ever-fluctuating history of collage finds itself on the walls of a room that also redefines itself for changing needs. Both the gallery and art within have the capacity to re-imagine situations ranging from commercial use to radical experimentation. The works selected spotlight the currency of this reshaping discipline, with a reshaping history, in a reshaping space.

About the Gallery
The Ugly Art Room

Ugly Art Room, a roving curatorial art project based in Brooklyn, New York seeks unusual and unique spaces to curate art exhibits in order to challenge the "white box" gallery tradition and present work in consideration of its relationship to its environment physically, conceptually and historically. This adds a challenge to the curatorial process where context is brought to the forefront and a story develops between the artwork and the space. Ultimately, a unique and inspiring viewing experience results.

Ugly Art Room, a 4 person team consisting of Jennifer Galatioto, Julie Feldman, Scott Chasse and Martin Esteves has produced 10 successful art shows since its October 2010 inception.

Friday, 16 September 2011


Paul Burgess was recently featured in the Bookshelf section of the It's Nice That website. Paul was asked to select five of his favourite books of all time and explain why.

The link is here:

You can see other bookshelves here:

Thursday, 21 April 2011


If you happen to be in Berlin over the next month, then why not visit the new Gestalten gallery and the opening exhibition. I have four collage pieces in the show:

Contemporary Collage
A Group Exhibition Curated by James Gallagher

Opening Exhibition
29th April - 28th May 2011

Gestalten Space
Sophienstraße 21
10178 Berlin

Opening Hours
Wednesday to Monday
10:00 - 20:00
Closed Tuesdays


Cutters Edges
Contemporary Collage
A Group Exhibition Curated by James Gallagher
29 | 04 | — 28 | 05 | 2011

Collage is currently experiencing a new heyday in contemporary art and visual culture. Today’s artists, illustrators, and designers are increasingly drawn to this artistic technique by the challenges of seamlessly melding traditional craftsmanship with skilled computer montage. They are not only composing a wide variety of visual elements, but are also deliberately omitting, deleting, and destroying them.
Though it first gained popularity in the early twentieth century, collage is a true reflection of the world we live in today, and the innovative work now being produced represents a new era for this technique. According to curator James Gallagher, the works in the exhibition “fall into a variety of categories, numerous styles, and countless visions. All of them made from the act of physically or digitally cutting and pasting…resulting in a range of work that encompasses everything from social and political commentaries to personal confessions, not to mention surrealist fantasies composed from real life and from the imaginary.”

Highlights among the selected artists include Sergej Sviatchenko and April Gertler. Ukrainian-born, Danish-based architect and artist Sviatchenko has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Europe, Canada, and the USA and is one of the leading figures in contemporary collage. Gertler, an American artist based in Berlin, is the founder of Picture Berlin, an artist residence/art academy for artists working with photography.

The exhibition also has contributions from Hisham Akira Bharoocha, a visual artist and musician, who is known for his legendary status as founding member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice, now working on his solo project Soft Circle.

Paul Burgess, who has worked with Sex Pistols on a number of occasions as a photographer and designer and is also co-author of the book Satellite: Sex Pistols published by Abstract Sounds in 1999; Katherine Streeter, an award winning New York-based illustrator who has had her work published in newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Guardian; and Irish-based artist Stephen Brandes, who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale.

James Gallagher, who already curated the CUTTERS series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary collage in Brooklyn in 2009, in Berlin in 2010 and in Cork in 2011, uses collage to investigate human form and personal identity. His art has been shown in galleries around the world and featured in numerous magazines and books.

Gallagher is also co-editor of the recently released Gestalten book Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage, an inspiring collection of unique recent work created using this technique.

Featured artists: Rubén B (Spain), Michael Bartalos (USA), Melinda Beck (USA), Brian Belott (USA), Hisham Akira Bharoocha (USA), Stephen Brandes (Ireland), Paul Burgess (UK), Dennis Busch (Germany), Hollie Chastain (USA), Alejandro Chavetta (USA), Cless (Spain), Barrett Cook (USA), Liam Crockard (Canada), Valero Doval (Spain), Jesse Draxler (USA), Lukas Feireiss (Germany), Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez (Germany), Erik Foss (USA), James Gallagher (USA), April Gertler (Germany), Jason Glasser (USA/France), Kate Hate (Germany), Sean Hillen (Ireland), Ashkan Honarvar (The Netherlands), Jordin Isip (USA), Eva Lake (USA), Greg Lamarche (USA), Dani Leventhal (USA), Leif Low-beer (USA), Max o Matic (Spain), Jeffrey Meyer (USA), Vincent Pacheco (USA), Melissa Paget, David Plunkert (USA), Garrett Pruter (USA), Kareem Rizk (Australia), Javier Rodriguez (UK), Jenni Rope (Finland), Jason Rosenberg (USA), Valerie Roybal (USA), Joe Ryckebosch (USA), Cay Schroder (The Netherlands), Baby Smith (USA), Kerstin Stephan (Germany), Katherine Streeter (USA), Sergei Sviatchenko (Denmark), Alejandra Villasmil (Venezuela/Chile), David Wallace (USA), Jessica Williams (USA), Oliver Wiegner (Germany), Lulu Wolf (USA), Bill Zindel (USA), and Anthony Zinonos (Germany).

Monday, 3 January 2011



7 February - 12 March 2011

Paul Burgess will be exhibiting as part of the third 'Cutters' show.

This exhibition will focus on contemporary collage and will showcase a large
number of works by an international collection of artists.

In Cutters/Cork James Gallagher, a collage artist himself, has brought together over 50 artists from all over the world to illustrate the range and depth of collage taking place today. This exhibition is the third in the Cutters series (Brooklyn in 2009, and Berlin in 2010), and will continue to showcase the excitement of the newly invigorated art form of collage.

The full list of participating artists is as follows: Michael Bartalos, Melinda Beck, Brian Belott, Hischam Akira Bharoocha, Stephen Brandes, Paul Burgess, Dennis Busch, Hollie Chastain, Alejandro Chavetta, Cless, Barrett Cook, Liam Crockard, Valero Doval, Jesse Draxler, Tatiana Echeveri Fernandez, Erik Foss, James Gallagher, April Gertler, Jason Glasser, Eva Han, Sean Hillen, Ashkan Honarvar, Jordin Isip, Louis Johnstone, Rubén B Kowalsk, Eva Lake, Greg Lamarche, Vanessa Lemounier, Dani Leventhal, Leif Low-Beer, Max o Matic, Jeffrey Meyer, Vincent Pacheco, Melissa Paget, David Plunkert, Garrett Pruter, Kareem Rizk, Javier Rodriguez, Jenni Rope, Jason Rosenberg, Valerie Roybal, Joe Ryckebosch, Cay Schroder, Baby Smith, Kerstin Stephan, Katherin Streeter, Sergei Sviatchenko, Alejandra Villasmil, David Wallace, Jessica Williams, Oliver Wiegner, Lulu Wolf, Bill Zindel, Anthony Zinonos and Mario Zoots.

West Cork Arts Centre
North Street
Co Cork

Phone: + 353 28 22090

Opening Hours
Monday - Saturday
10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Found in 'Hells Kitchen' flea market NYC