Robert Burden

Robert Burden from Ontario has painted and taught art in San Fransisco for the last decade. He defines his work as technical fan art. He uses toys based on movies and comic books as it´s visual reference. In 2006 Burden began a series of large-scale oil paintings depicting the small action figures that he played with as a boy. Initially these figures were set against fabric, wallpaper, and rug patterns from his childhood home. Over the years the decorative motifs have become more complex, using many different ornamental designs from around the globe, but the motivation behind the work remains the same. Burden is inspired by the amorphous line that is drawn between imagination and reality, childhood wonder and adult practicality, and the ineffability of what can turn a cheap yet coveted piece of plastic into an almost talismanic object.