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Burning Man 2016

March 25, 2017

Towards Burning Man: As I use a conventional toilet for the last time before entering BM, I realize just how nice it is to not have to stand in line for a spot in a Porta Potty. First reflections: All my life I’ve been looking to choose the right card, experience, job or person while […]

ArtGoGo Artistic Ocean Voyage 2016

March 25, 2017

Taking to the high seas, one never knows just what to expect. The recent typhoons, which had devastated China, had just passed and our boat the Sapphire Princess slipped into the sea, leaving Shanghai for Cheju Island Korea. Onboard were 7 artists brought together by the founder of the new art platform, ArtGoGo. Our master […]

Free Diving with Dolphins 2016

March 25, 2017

  As a boy, I watched a movie about another boy who while standing on a pier staring into the sea, fell in and found a new home. Water has been my second home for half a century. But in this home, one very special family had never visited me until just after the start […]

Burning Man, Nevada USA, 2015

September 11, 2015

Through observation, we concluded that naked men marching the Playa are always alone. But this was not why or how our tribe of eight committed to taking the plunge into the sands of the Nevada dessert. Last year, throwing doubts (some spouses) and caution to the wind, ‘Angie and the Argonauts’ hunkered down to the […]

Beijing Super Clinic, 2015

August 23, 2015

The Creativity Workshop with two curvaceous figure-drawing models and 60 executives from a multi-national conglomerate had just come to a close when the message hit my phone. Though it seemed like a stretch and huge hassle, I accepted a last minute invitation to appear on a Chinese docudrama two days later, rerouting my original flight […]

The Wimbledon of Painting, 2015

August 4, 2015

For a month this summer I resided at the Cumberland Hotel across from Marble Arch in the center of London. My purpose there was to create a large mural in busy hotel lobby. To inform the painting, I spent several days touring the city with my sketchbook and worked up 100 black and white drawings […]

Something To Write Home About, New York, 2015

August 3, 2015

A multi-dimensional artistic event at LaMama in New York City organized by Singaporean artists to commemorate the 50th birthday of the nation. We were pleased to be part of this colorful and meaningful event.  

Diving Den and Now, 1979-2015

April 6, 2015

In 1979, when I earned my PADI scuba diving license, the big deal was a buoyancy control device that could, with the touch of a button, inflate or deflate a bladder of air, seamlessly adjusting my position in the water. The wetsuits we needed to wear due to the cold currents circulating around the Santa […]

Step by Step; Gregory Burns & Paul Fairhurst trek in Ladakh, 11min Video, 2015

April 4, 2015

When Gregory, a five-time Paralympic medal winner, and Paul first met there was an instant connection. Not only because their

Year in the Mirror, 2014

January 8, 2015

Wishing you all a great  2015 ahead and may we start the year with gratitude. Warm wishes, big hugs and kisses Angie & Gregory As with most new years we can recall, 2014 began on Jan 1. This was perhaps the only sure thing we knew about the year that would follow. It soon became […]

Cruising for a Change, 2014

October 25, 2014

On my birthday, an email invitation to join a Seabourn Cruise as a guest lecturer in less than a week landed in my inbox. We would rendezvous with the vessel in Israel before sailing through the Suez Canal and on to Jordan, Egypt and finally Oman. Knowing little about the entire region, except that they […]

Blue Roof Museum of Chengdu, Chengdu, CHINA 2014

September 26, 2014

We have just returned from the opening of an exhibition of artworks by ‘International Disabled Artists’ at the Blue Roof Museum in Chengdu, China. With two French, one Singaporean and two American artists in attendance, the works ranged from paintings through sculptures and into photography. It had been a decade since I’d met Dan Keplinger, […]

Trekking in Ladakh, 2014

August 4, 2014

What started out more than a year ago as a simple statement, “We should do something together” finally came to fruition as Paul (who broke his neck three years ago while cycling) and I (who contracted polio as a child) walked under a string of prayer flags fluttering in the wind in Ladakh, India. We […]

The Mekong Delta Way, Vietnam, 2014

March 10, 2014

The Mekong Delta is immense. But just outside of Saigon, with the assistance of a speedboat, one begins to absorb the pulse of Vietnam’s main artery. Leaving the town’s central pier, we pass countless shanties perched precariously on wooden stilts, lining the banks of tributaries to the Saigon River. Many made with just panels of […]

Portals & Passages II exhibition, Washington D.C. 2013

November 28, 2013

Event photos courtesy of SIF. Earlier this year, Angie and I embarked on a new direction and series of mixed media artworks where we engaged both of our strengths. Over a base of Angie’s selected photographs collaged onto an acrylic panel, we layered another panel of abstracted gestural strokes, colors and some text. The final […]

残障艺术家 Gregory Burns 2013上海作品展宣传片@玉佛禅寺 | Gregory Burns in Shang Hai 2017@Jade Buddha Temple

October 22, 2013

While doing research for his upcoming solo exhibition at the River South Art Center Shanghai China, Gregory visits and paints the famous Jade Buddha Temple surrounded by locals and monks. Blending into the scenery, he absorbs and expresses the mood and feeling of this sacred site.  

残障艺术家Gregory Burns 2013上海作品展宣传片@工作室 | Gregory Burns in Shang Hai 2007@Studio

October 22, 2013

Preparing paintings at the River South Art Center in the heart of Shanghai, Gregory splashes and presses paint deep into his canvases while entombed in this 100 year old go-down on the Pudong River. The man and the moment are captured in pixels and paint just days before the exhibition opens with much acclaim.  

Artist in Residence (Shangri La Tokyo), 2013

October 21, 2013

Touring the dynamic city of Tokyo, Gregory and Angie visit and paint in the temples and gardens of this inspired city. Later, they travel north to a small village that was destroyed by the tsunami and work (and play) with the local children while producing a large memory mural for their local museum.  

Artist in Residence Shangri La Maldives, 2013

October 21, 2013

Artist in Residence at Shangri-La Maldives thanks to the team of Jen Moesker Taking up residency again in this island paradise, Gregory and Angie dive deeply into the ocean and atmosphere in order to capture the essence of life above and below the sea. As in all his residencies, this stay includes art classes and […]

Artist in Residence (Alilia Soori Bali Indonesia), 2013

October 21, 2013

Artist in Residence at Alila Soori in Bali, Indonesia Far from the throngs of Kuta beach, Gregory and Angie set up base camp at this contemporary and chic resort smack on the beach before the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean. Exploring the local community and rice fields feeds Gregory’s imagery bank, which eventually finds […]

Artist in Residence The Schoolhouse Artist at MuTienYu Great Wall China, 2013

October 21, 2013

Artist in Residence at The Schoolhouse at MuTienYu thanks to Jim Spear and his great wall team. The Great Wall, this iconic image of China, offers countless vistas and views to the artist and photographer. Gregory and Angie climb, photograph and paint throughout this dynamic and dramatic scenery and the tiny villages found at the […]

Made in the Maldives, 2013

January 27, 2013

Most guests arriving at the resort come from big busy lives, jetting in for some moments of rest and relaxation. While it may take some time to dissipate the momentum created in the modern world, eventually island life and nature accept us humans back into the fold. It’s the details here that stand out. The […]

Skiing Lake Tahoe, California, 2012

December 30, 2012

The mass exodus from the Bay area towards the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe resembled a scene from an Armageddon movie. Complicating the situation were the icy conditions requiring drivers to put chains on their tires. The ride, which normally takes three hours, stretched into seven. But with a full moon illuminating the snow capped […]

Above San Francisco Bay, 2012

December 14, 2012

The blue skies offered clear views for 40 miles. Speeding towards the horizon of Baylands ahead of us, our four-seater lightly jumped across the runway until we took flight. Up into the sky and out over the SanFrancisco Bay we slipped as the foothills receded behind us. The towers of the city to the north […]

Thirty Feet of Water: Community Service in Kesennuma, Japan, 2012

October 29, 2012

Eighteen months ago, the small fishing village of Kesennuma on the northeastern coast of Japan was under thirty feet of water. A huge wave smashed its way into the bay andengulfed the town. It was only a small part of the bigger disaster hitting Japan on 11 March 2011. Many people died while many more […]

Artist in residence, Tokyo, Japan, 2012

September 22, 2012

Upon arriving in Japan, it is immediately apparent that this country has been refined. From the bows to the white-gloved taxi drivers, this is a nation that honors humanity. Public transportation runs smoothly and silently. Nobody speaks on cell-phones in close quarters. There is a sense people understand that their actions affect others and as […]

Launch of StudioBurns, Singapore, 2012

May 7, 2012

After many years in our people’s spaces, Angie and Gregory have finally opened their very own studio/gallery in Singapore called StudioBurns. Situated in an old industrial building close to the Paya Lebar MRT station, the large open space offers Gregory a place to paint large canvases and for the couple to exhibit their photos and […]

Prague, 2011

November 9, 2011

Prague   The Czech Republic sits beside a very prosperous Germany. Our train across the invisible border soon offers a subtle contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘someday may haves’.  Though the landscape and graffiti changes little one can feel the drop in GDP. But as we pull into Prague station the smorgasbord of ancient […]

France, 2011

October 20, 2011

France  Returning to the Paris I grew up in, much has changed and stayed the same after four decades. The Eiffel Tower remains, but has digital lights. The metro still runs and still has graffiti. Little dogs are still served at tables in restaurants but there are less of the remains on the streets. And […]

Made in Bali, Indonesia, 2011

July 29, 2011

Tucked between the mountains and the sea, Alila Villas Soori embraces and inspires. Verdant green fields, ripe and rich with rice, attract swallows and sightseers, feeding on the landscape. Lavender sand beaches stretching beyond view, offer space to roam freely where crashing waves energize the air. All one needs can be found here, nourishment for […]

Made in the Maldives, 2011

May 8, 2011

Returning for a second time to feed visually on the magical world of the Maldives, we rediscover white sand trails weaving patterns across the island, connecting the community of secluded bungalows and pristine plunge pools shaded by towering palm trees. We are back to island life where the sky overflows with sunset colored billowing clouds […]

Seabourn Sojourn: Sydney to Bali, 2011

March 15, 2011

As soon as we escape the controlled waters of Sydney harbor our vessel slams into the waves of the Bass Strait like a sledgehammer pounding on dirt. Tossing us side-to-side and front to back, the seas play with us like a child with a rag doll. Creaking and dipping, our suite with 600 thread-count sheets […]

Made at the Great Wall, China, 2010

October 1, 2010

Hunkered down in Grandma’s House at The Schoolhouse at MuTianYu has been invigorating. The grounding influences of village life mixed with the intriguing vistas of the Great Wall have fueled and filled my creative spirit. Hawks and pine trees pepper the skyline while we hike the Wall and country roads. My studio is the converted […]

A Summer in Garessio, Italy, 2010

August 29, 2010

Again we return to our little village in the Maritime Alps of Italy, tucked up against the hills and surrounded by green trees and clean rushing streams. This trip was more about sharing what Angie and I created last year than creating new works. We opened our joint exhibition at the best and only real […]

Exhibition, A Colorful Seduction, Singapore, 2010

August 29, 2010

Angie’s Water Lilies: In our overly stimulated world, for Angie Tan-Burns, Lilies offer a welcomed respite for the soul. Their calming influence informs Angie’s photos while only their beauty matches the resilience these flowers embody. Reflecting on these natural works of art one is reminded how capable and creative Mother Nature can be.   Gregory’s […]

Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal, Taiwan, 2010

June 17, 2010

Last week in Taiwan, I had the honor of accepting the, “Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal” along with a dozen other individuals who also received this award. Listening to their stories brought with it the realization that my life is rather small and meaningless in comparison. I heard of several women who continue to […]

A Sanctuary, Phuket, Thailand, 2010

February 3, 2010

ANANTARA PHUKET – A Sanctuary In ancient times, the Thai nobility built temples and protective walls of deep red earthen bricks; the rich color still penetrating centuries later. Entering the Anantara resort presents the guest with a similar sensation of walking into a peaceful and protected enclave. We immediately felt at home. Our residency came […]

The Golden Triangle, 2009

December 31, 2009

From 35,000 feet, Thailand’s northern border with Burma and Laos is nothing to write home about – a fairly flat pancake affair with some shallow hills of auburn dirt. A sea of vegetation sprawls from the jungles to envelope that which has not been cultivated. Several rivers divide up the landscape here and there but […]

Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, China, 2008

October 21, 2008

Beijing Games 2008   In celebration of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, I felt it fitting to produce a series of paintings that salute the athletes and their efforts. The series seeks to capture and encapsulate the essence of the athletic experience in individual and team sports. I put forth these paintings […]

Moroccan Medley, 2008

July 8, 2008

Moroccan Medley We transit from Singapore at Dubai en-route to Casablanca. The packed international airport like Disneyland for a United Nations of shoppers and it’s barely six in the morning. Women wrapped from head to toe wearing Christian Dior bumblebee sunglasses browse for gold and electronic goods. Landing into a toasted Casablanca we transit to […]

Climbing Hwang Shan Again, China, 2008

June 1, 2008

Hwang Shan Again In a Buick through a tunnel I go back in time to a mountain I climbed half a life ago. Hwang Shan, in China’s Anhui Province, waits at the end of the freeway as I return to a spot where I struggled to become a whole person after loosing love and innocence. […]

The Temples of Shaolin, China, 2008

June 1, 2008

The Temples of Shaolin   Though the ancient structures were impressive, I felt frustrated Visiting Shaolin Temple. I had hoped to meditate with the monks and paint them while they practiced their martial arts. Instead, I was overwhelmed by the commercialization of the place and the realization that the kung fu they still do is […]

Ta Gong, Tibet, 2008

January 27, 2008

  Ta Gong – Tibet   Three bumpy days drive from Chengdu (China) and we finally stop in Ta Gong. At 3700 meters, one can be excused if breathless after 100 paces. And with mostly local Tibetans in this tiny town surrounding the Monastery, one can forgive the place for not having internet. But what […]

70.3 Half Ironman, Singapore, 2008

January 6, 2008

A month training in Bali at the Four Seasons pool and gym may not have been an ideal regiment to satisfy the needs of a half Ironman, but it was the best I could manage at the time. Building on a maintenance base that had been holding steady for months helped, but I was not […]

Exhibition, Connection Shanghai, 2008

January 6, 2008

Connection Shanghai 2007   The series “Connection Shanghai” concludes with a fitting scene of the Bund on a background of towering skyscrapers all painted upon a giant map of China titled, ‘No More Concessions’, drawing to a close sixty days of painting frenzy. Stretching back to tickle memories of trips through China decades ago, I […]

Exhibition, Four Seasons Bali, Indonesia, 2007

October 10, 2007

Four Seasons Sayan Bali Joint Exhibition It may sound hollow, but painting in 5-star luxury is challenging. Room service brings breakfast and I leave to my studio above the raging Ayung River. The lavender palm trees rise up from the jungle floor beyond the swimming pool. The gym and restaurant are both first class. So […]

Yellowstones and Tetons, USA, 2007

July 26, 2007

Yellowstones and Tetons Ten days in the Yellowstone and Teton National Parks would be our first family sojourn in as many years.   Our crew flew into Jackson Hole,Wyoming and drove north to the geysers of Yellowstone. Yellowstone, two million acres of parkland coined from the Native Indian’s word for the area, is the world’s […]

Bintan Triathlon, Indonesia, 2007

June 16, 2007

Bintan Triathlon 2007   Tribob, the organizers of the Bintan Triathlon 2007, invited me to speak and compete in this year’s event which attracted 1,000 athletes. Agreeing, I prepared my body and talk for what lay ahead which included an Olympic distance Triathlon meaning 1.5km ocean swim, then a 40km bike ride followed by a […]

Above and Below the Sea, Maldives, 2007

May 1, 2007

Maldives:above and below the sea   Screening our boxes upon arrival at Immigration was a chirpy young Muslim woman wearing a veil asking what was inside. Canvas paintings I replied. We will have to open the box and look inside she said and so we did. Pulling out one of my already primed backgrounds with […]

Artist in residence, Lijiang to Shangri-La, China, 2006

September 26, 2006

artists in residence Lijiang and Shangri-la, China   Climbing the two flights of steep, wheelchair inaccessible stairs up into the bowels of the China Embassy in Singapore to retrieve Angie and my passports with visas, I am reminded of the challenges that lie ahead as we prepare to reenter the Center Kingdom. With a growing […]

Korea Ironman, 2006

August 31, 2006

Ironman Korea-Jeju 2006   Eight months ago, the idea of completing an Ironman competition entered my consciousness. Not in the way that so many other far fetched ideas have come and gone. This time the concept stuck. Given the green light by the race’s title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank, I began cobbling together the items […]

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