David Burrows is an artist and writer interested in notions and concepts of the new in sacred, mass and avant-garde cultures. His current practice addresses the production of fiction as a transformative process as well as notions of impermanence and immanence, extending earlier concerns that addressed violence, destruction, crisis and disorientation as structural elements in popular & mass culture and avant-garde & utopian culture.

As well as establishing a solo art practice, Burrows has often worked in collaboration, including collaborations with the artists’ group BANK, Bob & Roberta Smith and DJ Simpson. Since 2005, David Burrows has been collaborating with Simon O’Sullivan to produce the performance-fiction Plastique Fantastique, through the production of events, films, writing, installations and artefacts.

David Burrows was born in London in 1965. He studied at Goldsmiths College, London. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad including the South London Gallery, London, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Arts Space, Sidney (with DJ Simpson) and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. He has participated in the Tatton Biennial (with Simon O’Sullivan), ‘GSK Contemporary’ at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London (with Simon O’Sullivan), and Macro/Micro: British Art 1996 – 2002, Kunsthalle Mucsarnok, Budapest. He was selected for Becks Futures at the ICA, London in 2001 and received a Paul Hamlyn Visual Artists Award in 2003.

Published writing includes An art scene as big as the Ritz: the logics of scenes in ‘Deleuze & Contemporary Art’, Edinburgh University Press (2010), The Chymical Wedding: Masochism and Performance, Angelaki (2010 with Simon O’Sullivan) and Readymades, Lavender Mist and Mirror Travel in ‘Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New’, Continuum (2009). Burrows is a lecturer and the Head of Undergraduate Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Installation view of ‘In outer space there is no painting or sculpture’ at Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2014

Installation view of ‘Have you ever seen an atom? We are travelling in a mouse’s brain’ at Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2014


Installation view of ‘Have you ever seen an atom? Act of Terrorism’ at Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2014


Installation view of ‘Have you ever scene an atom? Open the door…’ at Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2014

Cyber spell loop cabbage computer turtle frog2017
Paper, card, cork, acrylic varnish, acrylic paint
39 x 39 cm

Stencil Life is Short, 2017
Acrylic varnish, acrylic paint, card
80 x 100 cm

At the crossroads where binary trading meets the road to cockaigne…2017
Video 7:29 mins 16:9
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

$20,000,000 waiting for you in a bank here in Burkino Faso, 2013
Paper, glitter, acrylic paint and acrylic varnish
50 x 50 cm

Lucky Face Recognition Pig, 2012
Watercolour, acrylic and varnish on paper
110 x 110cm