Piers Bourke - Artist in his London studio

Piers Bourke

United Kingdom 1978

3d Art, Photography, Painting, Prints


Piers Bourke
Piers Bourke
United Kingdom
March 21, 2016

Creating challenging interpretations of reality, Piers Bourke’s work plays with two and three-dimensional structures. With the motivation to highlight the beauty of everyday objects, he is using the digital print on the wooden panels, making the paradox between traditional and modern materials. His experiment consists of photographed themes shown from different angles and points of view. That way, linear form becomes a three-dimensional piece of art with the illusion of depth, confronting at the same time representation and abstraction, considering that the subject matter only reveals itself from the frontal point.

Piers Bourke - Free as a Bird, Yellow-Dark Blue-Orange, 2016
Piers Bourke – Free as a Bird, Yellow / Dark Blue / Orange, 2016

The Color Changes the Point of View

In the focus of Bourke’s work are everyday objects, sometimes the forgotten ones, as legendary London’s phone boots, or post stamps. By changing the color or arrangement of images, he is challenging viewer’s perception of reality. He is encouraging him to wonder what the world would look like if, for example, the grass was red or the sky was green. We are allowed to question everything and color is a very convenient medium to explore the way people look at the things. By repeating the same image in a different color, he imposes the idea of challenging associations, provoking the viewer to look his work on more than one level.

Visual is the most important aspect in his work

Piers Bourke - Soon to be Removed, 2015, photo via loughrangallery.co.uk
Piers Bourke – Soon to be Removed, 2015, photo via loughrangallery.co.uk

Third Dimension for the Best Expression

Fascinated by the early renaissance perspective, especially the way that architecture was painted at that time, Bourke was never completely excepted two-dimensional painting. He has considered that edges of the canvas must be the part of the main surface. So he used them as an integral part of the composition, but soon that was not enough for him. His expression was craving for three-dimensional work. He started to experiment with photography which enabled him to have more freedom. The next step was designing and making the furniture.

Bourke received his BA in Fine Art from the University of the West of England, Bristol and attended Chelsea College of Fine Art and Design and he is currently studying for an MA in design at the University of the Arts London. He has had several solo exhibitions in the UK and France and recently exhibited in New York. His work has been shown at Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2015, The London Art Fair 2009, The Toronto Art Fair 2008, Art Sante Fe 2008, Form Art Fair 2008, Art London in 2008 and 2009, Open Art Fair, Jaarbeurs Utrecht, 2009, AAF, New York, London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris 2007/09 and at Art Dublin, Ireland 2007/08.

Piers Bourke - Lucky 7 Dice Table (detail), 2012, copyrights Piers Bourke
Piers Bourke – Lucky 7 Dice Table (detail), 2012, copyrights Piers Bourke

Looking Through the Eyes of Artist

Piers Bourke challenges space and form combining panel images with three-dimensional structures. He represents the things that have been used and seen many times before, giving them the new value. Bourke is trying to create different interest in something usual and familiar. Using various techniques, photography, painting and sculpturing, he is challenging the perspectives. His work is essentially fun and playing. Everyday sights, after reworking and recoloring, are getting the new look and different meaning. With the visual as the most important aspect, he is trying to make the viewer see things in the same way as he did.

The artist is represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

Piers Bourke lives and works in Singapore.

Featured image: Piers Bourke – Artist in his London studio
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Home House ResidencyThe Loughran GallerySolo
2016UnknownCat Street Gallery, AAF, Hong KongGroup
2015-2016UnknownLoughran Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Harpers Bizaar JakartaGroup
2015The flight beyond CanvasThe Art Fellas, SingaporeGroup
2015Art CentralHong KongGroup
2015Works on PaperNew YorkGroup
2015Art Expo MalaysiaMalaysiaGroup
2014The PhilatelistRebecca HossackSolo
2013-2014Hamptons Art FairUSAGroup
2013-2014LAPADA Art fairLondonGroup
2013-2014ART 13, ART 14LondonGroup
2013UnknownStrarta Saatchi Gallery, LondonGroup
2012 Piers BourkeRebecca Hossack Gallery at Third SpaceSolo
2011 Piers BourkeRebecca Hossack Gallery at the Marylebone HotelSolo
2010-2013Signal 8 Summer ExhibitionCat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2010-2011UnknownBernard Mourier Gallery, St Remy De Provence, FranceGroup
2010Glasgow Art FairGlasgowGroup
2010 Piers BourkeStudio ExhibitionSolo
2010Art TorontoArt Toronto, CanadaGroup
2009-2010Open Art FairUtrecht HollandGroup
2009 Piers BourkeRebecca Hossack Gallery, London “Building Perspective”Solo
2008Form Art FairLondonGroup
2008Art Sante FeSanta FeGroup
2007-2016Affordable Art FairNew York, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Hong KongGroup
2007-2015UnknownAp-Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2007-2008Art DublinDublin, IrelandGroup
2006A Celebration of Harrow ArtChristiesGroup
2006 Piers BourkeBlue Flag Gallery, LondonSolo
2005 Piers BourkeThe Lennox Gallery, LondonSolo
2005Urban Art Brixton 2005LondonGroup
2002 Piers BourkeWork House Gallery, LondonSolo
2001 Piers BourkeSpotlight, LondonSolo