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Robert... 3/02/2011 3:39:46PM, NYC
by Burton Machen


A portrait is an artistic representation of a person. Through history the nature of a portrait has changed from a direct depiction to a more abstracted representation. The artistʼs expression of the subject is the predominant and key feature of a portrait, yet with Urban Evolution™ PORTRAITS PROJECT Burton has challenged this notion. Typically an artist presents a portrait of a person as he or she sees him, but with ʻPortraits Projectʼ Burton is allowing the world to tell him how they see that person.

Urban Evolution™ PORTRAITS PROJECT is Burtonʼs own personal brand of street art where he posts a portrait around cities like New York, Paris, New Orleans, London, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, after which he then photographs the evolution of the portraits on the streets by contributions from passer-bys, street artists and the weather. With this co-creation, the portrait is an honest and true reflection of the publicsʼ sentiment, and as Burton sees it, a conversation. Burton observes this on-going “dialogue” until he feels that the “exchange” has reached a state of accomplished maturity before deciding that the image is complete.

The finished works are reactive and spontaneous bodies of art that are dynamically vibrant and honest depictions of the subjects created by a collective effort and its unpredictable outcomes.

About the Artist

American photographer and artist, Burton Machen, was born in Ashville, Alabama in 1970; seduced by the television show Fame, he ran away from home to New York at the young age of 16, and has since lived in Washington DC, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays, he divides his time between Los Angeles and New York photographing street art and urban decadence.

Burton's affection for Street Art lies with the collage-like masterpieces in urban terrains that are manifested through the collective efforts of contingent artists and incidental elements feeding-off and adding-on to each other. Thus, fuelling his conviction that street art is a compelling model for expression, perfectly capable of infiltrating and affecting our thoughts and attitudes without our awareness or consciousness.

Recently, Burton was included in 'The Whitney Art Party' and 'The Warholian', honored by Eric Shiner, the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum alongside other great artists like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol.

Print Series

  •  40 x 60cm, edition limited to 100
    giclée print of matte archival paper
  •  60 x 90cm, edition limited to 100
    giclée print on matte archival paper


Find out more about the VP Series »

Price  S$200.00


* All prints come with a minimum of 10mm border to allow
   for framing or mounting.

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