Tomas Burke

Tomas Burke
BA (Hons) Fine Art // DJCAD ’20

Tomas is based in Kilmarnock. He explores a range of different mediums in his work – enjoying the creativity and adaptability this entails.

“As an artist, I am interested in creating works using what can be taught from traditional art using modern mediums.

My practice revolves around studying art in a modern world, working in more than one medium to create more experimental works, whilst taking time to research the works of the traditional masters of art and seeing how they created.

These paintings feature a rendition of the human form, as a reference to the classical traditions found in art, in that the human form is the iconic sight in many classic works throughout history. By creating my work with a different medium for each one, I allow them to stand on their own”.

Figure Stretch is from Tomas’ Light and Shadow series.

“In this project I worked with the use of light and shadow, examined through the human form. I used a vast range of colours and shapes to express this theme, whilst still working in a more traditional style. I predominantly used acrylic paint but also employed woodcut monoprints, charcoal, ink and other types of paint and mixed media”.

During his time at art school, Tomas was involved in projects with local galleries, charities and businesses. He was recently commissioned to create a large-scale painting for a public space.

Figure Stretch
Acrylic on canvas
29.7 x 42 cm

Untitled Figure 2
Mixed media on board
59.4 x 84.1 cm


2017 – 2020
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.

2014 – 2017
HND Art and Design, Ayrshire College.


Tomas’ work has been shown in:
Ayr College Café
Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr
DJCAD Degree Show (online)

Other Experience

Part of a team designing a new logo and advertisement for local spa.
Involved in the “Gerhard Richter Project” for the Dick Institute.
Organised gallery opening and event with HND course.
Volunteered for Ways We Work exhibition.
Volunteered for Artangel charity.
Commissioned to create a large-scale painting for a public space.