James Burke is an award winning visual artist, creative director and entrepreneur from London England. He is the founder of acrylicize; the multi disciplinary creative studio born out of his Art degree, working with a variety of media to create work that explores themes of identity and Art's relationship with the commercial world.
Burke's philosphosy has always been to challenge Art's dependency on the gallery institution, making work that focuses on accessibility and the desire to positively connect people with their environment. His work draws on themes of Art as commodity, fusing a wide range of disciplines from fine Art, graphic design, interior design and architecture.
Burke has also established shesh his graffiti tag - presenting it as a visual brand, continuing his exploration of Art and the commercial world. Here he examines the symbiotic relationship between Art, fashion, music and the identity of the Artist as a brand in their own right.
As a solo artist, perhaps Burke is best known for his MiniFigure series, garnering international acclaim in which he makes wry observations about western society, playing out our hopes, dreams and insecurities through the medium of everyday items, in this case - Lego mini figures.
Recently, Burke founded the creative hub; Studio 7 (along side business partner Paul Arad), an exhibition and event space in the heart of Shoreditch aimed at bringing creative communities together and celebrating artistic expressions of all kinds from fine Art to music. The project has since spawned an Art Consultancy dedicated to linking artists with projects around the world.
Burke writes for the Huffington Post on the subject of art and design and is also a professional drummer having performed at iconic venues, including the Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s Bar and the London Palladium.