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Item Name: Painting
Title: Untitled (from the series Excerpts from the Life of the Artist)
Maker: Bill Burns
Year: 2012
Materials: Watercolour on paper
Measurements: 16x20"
ID Number: PC2018.6

Extended Label Info: Bill Burns focuses on his love for nature and wildlife mixed with his concerns about advanced industry, which together comments the protection and conservation of nature. This work depicts several eggs labelled with each species of bird. This painting is part of a series of watercolors that deals with longing for success, assistance, recognition, and a different type of art world. Within the series Burns uses humour to make desperate pleas to artist celebrities and crafts accounts of semi-autobiographical incidents with curators and tastemakers into art works. This watercolor draws parallels between natural, cultural, and spiritual orders. Bill Burns (1957-) was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He received his BFA in 1980 at the University of Victoria and his MFA in 1987 in England at Goldsmiths’ College at the University of London. Burns is known for both his visual art and his books. His first solo exhibition Safety Gear for Small Animals was first shown in 1994 at New York’s 303 Gallery and was exhibited at Dunlop Art Gallery in 2005 among other Canadian and international galleries. Burns’ books include Okay Behaviour (1993), How to Help Animals Escape from Degraded Habitats (1997), and Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us (2016), among numerous others.