James Burke


The Constant Need For Approval, 2018

The Constant Need For Approval, 2018

James Burke is a Shoreditch-based visual artist, creative director and entrepreneur from London. He is the founder of Acrylicize; the multidisciplinary 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 philosophy 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 recently unveiled his first permanent public artwork, In Anticipation, situated in the heart of Shoreditch; Inspired by the limitless possibilities of our next thought, move and action, the towering ultra-

marine blue steel sculpture boldly nods to the non-conformist creative sentiment so deeply ingrained within the cultural identity of Shoreditch. Following this, he was offered an artist residency position at the Affordable Art Fair 2019, exhibiting his new body of two and thee dimensional work, So Much More, exploring the themes of self worth and social media.

As well as exhibiting his interactive artwork, ‘The Constant Need For Approval’, as part of the 2018 Royal Academy of Arts 250th Summer exhibition curated by Grayson Perry, Burke is also best known for his MiniFigure series; garnering international acclaim, this series makes wry observations about western society, playing out our hopes, dreams and insecurities through the medium of everyday items. In this case as Lego mini figures.

In 2016, Burke also founded arts and events agency, Studio 7; bringing creative communities together to celebrate artistic expression through fine art, immersive experiences and live music. The project’s art consultancy is dedicated to linking artists with projects and spaces around the world. He has also written for the Huffington Post on the subject of art and design, and is a professional drummer having performed at iconic venues including the Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s Bar and the London Palladium, as well as hosting and playing at ‘Root Down’; a live music, hip hop and spoken word series, showcasing the best in up and coming musical talent. 

Burke has also established his graffiti tag, SHESH, presenting it as a visual brand and 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.

Group Exhibitions

2019, The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Spring
2018, Moniker Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery
2018, Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy of Arts
2018 D&AD Festival, The Old Truman Brewery
2017 Everything has been done before, Studio 7
2017 D&AD Festival, The Old Truman Brewery
2017 Doorditch, Amazon HQ, Shoreditch
2017 Moniker International Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery
2016 Moniker International Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery
2013 The Other Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery
2012 Group Show, Monsters of Art Gallery
2004 Group Show, Stuckist Gallery

Speaking Opportunities

2018 Beyond Convention, D&AD Festival, The Old Truman Brewery
2018 Nurture Your Side Hustle, Nurture Creatives, Pizza East
2017 Fine Art Meets Branding, Shoreditch Design Triangle, Studio 7
2017 The Art Conference #04: Roundtable Edition, The Art Conference, Studio 7
2017 Street Art: Context & Future, After Nyne Magazine, 12 Hay Hill Business Club
2016 When Art Meets Brand’, Bisley, Bisley Showroom

Selected Projects (Solo/Acrylicize)

2017 ‘In Anticipation’ (public sculpture), Principal Place, London 2017 ‘Home’ (public sculpture), Piccadilly Square, Manchester, 2017 Collection, Silicon Valley Bank, Paolo Alto
2017 Collection, Amazon EMEA HQ, London 2017 Collection, WPP Rios Rosas, Madrid
2017 ‘Contours’ (installation), Tableau Global HQ, Seattle
2016 Collection, Sky Campus, London
2016 Collection, WPP, Sea Containers, London
2016 Collection, Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem
2015 ‘Murmurations’ (installation), Dublin International Airport
2015 Collection, Heathrow Airport T5, London
2015 Collection, Kings College Hospital, London
2015 Collection, Lords MCC Cricket Ground, London
2014 Collection ,Coca Cola EMEA HQ, London
2014 Feature Wall, Heinz Innovation Center, Nijmegan
2014 Collection, Google EMEA Campus, Dublin
2014 Collection, Volkswagen EMEA HQ, London
2013 Collection, Generator London, London
2013 Collection, ASOS, London
2013 Installation, Golden Square UBS, London
2013 Collection, Savills HQ, London
2013 ‘Timeless’ (installation), Investreme, London
2012 Collection, Qubic Tax, Newcastle
2012 Collection, The Of ce Group, (Collection), London
2010 Feature Wall, Engine Group, London
2004 Collection, Wembley Stadium, Wembley