Ainsley Burrows (b. 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica; based in Brooklyn, NY and Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist who explores untold stories and unspoken emotions. He is a poet, musician, and performer, as well as a painter, and his different creative pursuits influence each other. Raised in Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, NY, Burrows paints with his upbringing in the foreground, referencing the many lessons and stories, historical figures and events, and movements and diasporas that have shaped his perspective.
Burrows’ practice mainly uses two methodologies: NeoChaos and Raktism. The former is characterized by expressive gestures and lines, and deep, passionate swathes of color. With it, he explores the reverberations of a history that continues to affect him, showing how the past is alive and how we must make its legacy visible. Raktism is defined by sharp, boundary-creating lines and visual echoes. It is an exploration of the fourth dimension and an attempt to understand the unknowable through systems of control. The flow of lines—sometimes connecting, sometimes separating—represent the many streams of sudden, painful, and historic phenomena; highways of time.
Burrows has had solo exhibitions at Bed-Stuy Art House, 33 Lafayette, and Akwa, all Brooklyn, NY; and Camaje, New York, NY; and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. He has participated in group exhibitions at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY; and 3rd Eye Sol-lation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and has an upcoming group exhibition at The Harper Museum, Detroit, MI. His work is included in several private collections including those of Hill Harper, Wayee Chu, Lisane Basquiat, Jeanine and Herve Heriveaux, and Andre and Joia Perry.
"Ainsley is an amazing human, the profundity of his expression of moments and characters in world history is breathtaking. He captures a reckoning of sorts; giving face, texture, and honor to the returned gaze of the overlooked."
— Lisane Basquiat