James Burke is an award winning visual artist and creative director from London England. He is the founder of acrylicize; the multi disciplinary creative studio born out of his Art degree, working with a variety of media to create work that explores themes of identity and Art’s relationship with the commercial world. Most of his works are site-specific and can be found outside of the gallery environment, connecting viewers with their space be it within workplace, airports, football stadiums, hospitals and many other walks of everyday life. Burke’s philosphosy has always been to challenge Art's dependency on the gallery institution, making work that focuses on accessibility and the desire to positively connect people with their environment. His work draws on themes of Art as commodity, fusing a wide range of disciplines from fine Art, graphic design, interior design and architecture.
James Burke has also established shesh his graffiti tag - presenting it as a visual brand, continuing his exploration of Art and the commercial world. Here he examines the symbiotic relationship between Art, fashion, music and the identity of the Artist as a brand in their own right. As a solo Artist, perhaps Burke is best known for his MiniFigure series, garnering international acclaim in which he makes wry observations about western society, playing out our hopes, dreams and insecurities through the medium of everyday items, in this case - Lego mini figures. Burke writes for the Huffington Post on the subject of art and design and is also a professional drummer having performed at iconic venues, including the Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s and the London Palladium. Burke completed his 6 years of culminated Fine Art training with a Masters degree at London's Central Saint Martins in 2007. The artist has since been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Celeste Painting Prize, whilst also receiving attention in various online and printed media & publications including The Financial Times (Uk), Daily Yomiuri (Japan) and artinfo.com.