Gerard M. Burns was born in Glasgow in 1961, graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1983, with a degree in Fine Art. Drawing and painting has been his passion since childhood.

Principal of Art at St Aloysius' College in Glasgow, he left teaching in 1999 to concentrate full time on painting. This commitment has resulted in his current standing as one of Scotland's most respected artists with a client base ranging from A-list celebrities to prominent members of business communities in the UK, Australia, Europe and the USA.

For those coming to Gerard's work for the first time it is worth noting that although we are presented with an image which could be described at first glance as 'representational', even 'photographic', each of the various pictorial elements also contains a deeper symbolic meaning. Whether it is wolves prowling around the legs of a small girl, a pinstriped figure on a high wire suspended above the city, a young woman standing at a water's edge, or a child leading a black horse through a winter wilderness, each combination is intended to provoke in us an emotional response, a sense of place, a feeling almost that we "have been here before" in essence that the whole becomes far greater than the sum of its parts.

It is fair to say that in terms of the choice of subject matter, and sheer strength of his technique, Burns has no peers. He is ploughing a lone furrow straddling the world of representational painting and the world of conceptual art and the simple fact of the matter is, that with greater awareness of his talent, so his fan base grows.


• 2014: 14 for 14, Glasgow
• 2014: Fairhill Winter Exhibition, Glasgow
• 2015: A Brush with Inspiration, New York


• 1997: RGI.\ Winner "N. A. Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award"
• 2003: Daily Mail "Not the Turner" competition, first prize