• GUYBURWELL…started his artistic endeavors early, creating chronically since the age of 5. He started his commercial art career providing illustration for local newspapers, murals in nightclubs, and posters for underground rock clubs, fostering the early synthesis between music and art that is so prevalent in his recent artwork.
“I am a commercial artist, foremost, and bring a degree of popular class appeal to everything I do. Ultimately I want to produce what I want to produce, whatever the venue, outlet, medium. I work constantly, be it for pay or pleasure, day in and day out. All day every day. Home or away, I am always thinking about work. It’s not manic, but it’s manic. Or rather it’s necessary. Or natural. Or everything.” He says.
“I have a photograph of myself on my wall, age three or four or five, bent in concentration over a sheet of paper, pencil nub in hand, and it’s been a constant reminder, and an ideal to live up to. I owe that kid that to do this forever was a plausible reality. Right? A dream come real over almost every other possibility in several ways.” (photo above)
Moving to Portland, Oregon provided a more dynamic, something something artistic landscape and his work etc…original pen and ink something something began screenprinting….oh yeah, GUYBURWELL’s distinctive black and white posters were soon wallpapering Portland, advertising local and national acts for the many venues in the city. Local attention brought a position designing television commercials for Vinton Studios, the stop motion birthplace of Claymation for several years. Rock posters, screen printing, and the rest came next.
GUYBURWELL’s paintings have sold in gallery shows in San Diego, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Manchester, and he wishes he painted more often. He tours Europe… UK, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Holland, Germany, France, Germany, Switzerland and Germany as often as possible. His posters are collected around the world.
• “GUYBURWELL’s distinctive line work can be like a kick in the teeth, all hard lines and action, giving the impression that the art might cut your skin if you get too close. At other times, he can fill the lines with helium, floating the images just beyond the grip of reality in pools of color that aren’t meant to coexist peacefully. Any which way you approach the images, give them a good close look because there are things to see well beyond the cursory glance. But never ever turn your back on them. Just be cool. Relax.”
-E.J.BOOKER- PORTLAND 2008
• “From his lair in Portland, OR, Guy Burwell assembles inspired works of imagination, wielding brush, pen, squeegee and Wacom wand with equal aplomb. An artist from birth, Guy has slow-cooked his craft into a unique stew of character creation, dynamic composition and visual pun. With such clients as Thrasher Presents, Laika Studios, My Morning Jacket and Nickelodeon, his fantastically detailed illustrations are now fixtures of contemporary culture.”
-MARK PEDINI- AUSTIN, TX 2009
CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED:
RANDOM HOUSE • OUR FAVORITE FOODS • The REPLACEMENTS • FAITH NO MORE • THE AVETT PRTHERS • PRIMUS • MY MORNING JACKET • PEARL JAM • THE BLACK KEYS • ERIC CHURCH • MODEST MOUSE • KINGS OF LEON • MUSE • MOE. • FOO FIGHTERS • THE MELVINS • FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS • PHISH • PORTLAND CENTER STAGE • VERTIGO THEATER GROUP • WILLIAM MORRIS AGENCY • DARK HORSE COMICS • JACKIE MARSHALL • PORTUGAL. THE MAN • WIDESPREAD PANIC • MIKE THRASHER PRESENTS • PROMOTIONS • NICKELODEON ANIMATION • 7-11 ( You love them!) • LAIKA STUDIOS • GUITAR HERO • K2 SNOWBOARDS • DOC MARTENS • ANDERS PARKER • YOU AM I • MONQUI PRODUCTIONS • ECKO UNLIMITED • HAPPY HOUR ENTERTAINMENT • HUSTLER MAGAZINE • THE PORTLAND MERCURY • UMPHREY’S McGEE • MAGIC MARKER RECORDS • LA WEEKLY • NEMO DESIGN • VINTON STUDIOS • THE SUPERSUCKERS • RIVERFRONT TIMES • THE WESTWORD • THE FAHRENHEIT SAN DIEGO • RSA FILMS • M-80 FILMS • THE SEATTLE ROCKET •