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AINSLEY BURROWS 

b. 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica; 

Lives and works in Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY

 

EDUCATION

1996 – SUNY Oswego – Oswego, NY

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming 2022 – Creative Alliance – Baltimore, MD

2021 – FREEFORM-1, Bed-Stuy Art House – Brooklyn, NY

2019 – The Maroons Rebellion, Ainsley Burrows Open Studio – Brooklyn, NY

2016 – NeoChaos, 33 Lafayette – Brooklyn, NY

2013 – Red Series – New York, NY

2012 – The Paintings of Ainsley Burrows, Akwa – Brooklyn, NY

2012 – Masking, Camaje – New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming 2022 – The Harper Museum – Detroit, MI

2021 – Good Neighbors, Amos Eno Gallery – Brooklyn NY

2013 – Black History Month Art Show, Brookhaven National Laboratory – Upton, NY

2012 – Ascension, 3rd Eye Sol-lation Gallery – Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2013 – Verses & Flow, TV One (TV Series)

2008 – BET Lyric Cafe 2008, BET (TV Series)

2007 – Augsburg Brecht Connected (ABC) Festival – Augsburg, Germany

2007 – Annual guerilla poetry tour, Babylon by Foot, was taken international

2007 – Performed for MTV's Band in the Bubble TV series with band, Arson Class

2001 – Performed with Nuyorican National Slam Team – New York, NY and Princeton, NJ

1999 – Inaugural national Babylon by Foot guerilla poetry tour

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Hill Harper, private collection – Detroit, MI

Wayee Chu, private collection – San Francisco, CA

Lisane Basquiat, private collection – San Diego, CA

Jeanine and Herve Heriveaux, private collection – Maplewood, NJ

Andre and Joia Perry, private collection – Oxon Hill, MD

OTHER PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

2020 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music mixtape Young Vader

2016 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album NeoChaos

2011 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album Empire

2008-2009 – Poetry Performance Workshops, Lecturer, The Juilliard School, New York, NY

2008 – Guinness commercial collaboration, aired in 26 Caribbean countries

2008 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album Evolver

2007 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album Rockstar

2006 – Founded The Sweet Spot, a burlesque variety show stage production

2004-2005 – Coached Nuyorican National Slam Team

2003 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album Climax

2001 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album The Groove Electric

2000 – Wrote, performed, and produced poetry/music album Cataclysm

1999 – Founded BurrowsInk, a multimedia production company

PUBLISHED WORKS

Set to publish in 2021 – Escorian Vein, Novel

Set to publish in 2021 – Children Carrying The Sky, Novel

2018 – Sex Addiction, sequel to Bang Bang Bang, Novel

2017 – The Spellcaster’s Manual, Poetry Collection

2013 – Bang Bang Bang: A Summer Of Sin In Brooklyn, Novel

2008 – The Wolf Who Cried Boy (UK), Poetry Collection

2005 – Black Angels With Sky Blue Feathers (UK), Poetry Collection

2005 – Street Pigeons (UK), Photography and Poetry Collection

2000 – The Woman Who Isn’t Was, Poetry Collection

1999 – Black Angels With Sky Blue Feathers, Poetry Collection

AWARDS

2004 – Nuyorican Poets Café Award for Coaching – New York, NY

2002 – Best International Performer of 2002, Farrago Poetry Café – London, UK

2001 – Nuyorican Poets Café Award for Participation – New York, NY

2001 – International Poetry Slam Championship – Munich, Germany

2001 – Best International Performer of 2001, Farrago Poetry Café – London, UK

 

SELECTED PRESS

BK Stories, “The Sweet Spot,” BRIC, February 13, 2020.

Karu F. Daniels, “Inside ‘The Sweet Spot’: Burlesque Group Celebrates Black Erotica,” NBC News, November 4, 2017. 

Glamazon Tyomi, “Black Burlesque Goes Big Time at The Sweet Spot,” Ebony, November 26, 2015.

Ennoc, “Ainsley Burrows Takes Center Stage,” Big Up Radio, March 8, 2008.

Krista Henry, “Guinness poet ‘burrows’ into the word.” Jamaica Gleaner, November 23, 2008. View commercial.

"Ainsley Burrows' work is a vibrant force that transcends every dimension of life. His brushstrokes dance, teach, and soothe; collectively invoking an authentic spirit of wonder. Ainsley is a modern day creative genius, one who later generations will seek to emulate."  

— Vivian K. Tozaki, Esq.