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Gerard Burns’ Distinguished Portraits Take the High Road at Scotland Week

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon with her portrait by Gerard Burns (photo credit: Andrew Milligan)

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon with her portrait by Gerard Burns (photo credit: Andrew Milligan)

Encounter a portrait by Gerard Burns and you will forever recognize his pieces. Whether the subject depicted is a distinguished actor or politician or just a neighbor down the road, Burns approaches these figures with the same careful and discerning treatment. The close proximity and intimate settings of figures in his images create an appealing sensitivity and familiarity. Viewing the paintings, you feel as though you’ve met the subject of the work and the presence of the sitter exudes palpable energy within the space.

Burns portrait Karen Dunbar: from the series 14 for 14

Burns portrait Karen Dunbar: from the series 14 for 14

For Scotland Week (April 8-14) in New York City, Burns exhibits A Brush with Inspiration. The works are a portrait series of 16 Scots who serve as pioneers in their respective fields. Taking a cue from Burns’ 14 for 14 series of 2014, the show captures Scottish men and women such as actors Elaine C Smith and Laura Fraser as well as composer Craig Armstrong and author Denise Mina. The austere portrait series is on view at 64 Wooster Street at the Glasgow Caledonian School today through April 15. Swing by for an encounter with these prominent Scots and to experience fresh work by the master of poignant portraits, Mr. Gerard Burns. For more information on Scotland Week check out this list of events.

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