Describing the style of his collage as “Pop Geometry,” Burgess references a golden age of American advertising and graphic design from the 1930s to the 1960s. He meticulously constructs collages using hundreds of pieces of cut and pasted paper made from vintage materials as well as a variety of antique ephemera. Burgess’ work creates a sense of nostalgia for the world that consumers aspired to, not the one they actually inhabited.
Born and raised in London, Burgess moved to Tucson in 2009 and established a new modern studio. He enjoys the freedom to explore a multitude of ideas simultaneously without feeling too precious or restricted. “I can mix and match visual languages and incorporate all the visual stimuli that I garner from the outside world and create composite artworks that give expression to my personal passions and preferences from the world of art history, graphic design and contemporary architecture,” he says. In his architectural collages, Burgess’ uses geometric shapes to construct collages of familiar cities such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco, transforming them into glittering mosaics of color.
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