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Taurus Burns is a ninja of a painter; quietly slaying canvases all day with efficiency and style.  I had the good fortune of meeting Burns years ago in his studio at 555.  His paintings have a studied color and light while maintaining a certain fluidity and ease.

Some of his work feels like perfectly rendered snapshots of Detroit, including a series of over 200 such cityscapes.  Other pieces have more apparent layers of symbols and parables which he rewrites with compassion and sharp wit.

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acrylic and ink on panel, cradled box frame
29 x 45.5″

This piece stands as one of my favorites from my years in Detroit, made in my studio with 555. Theme’s of shelter, post-industrial decay, reuse and sub-optimal weather were always close at hand in that strangely beautiful city.  “Building” was one of those pieces that came together without much fight.

More insights on Detroit, and moving there from a small town in SW Michigan, can be found at Jim Griffioen’s fantastic blog; Sweet Juniper.