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James Burbidge

James Burbidge is a British artist born in Wiltshire in 1959. A sculptor who makes enigmatic objects, he is known paricularly for his lead-covered boxed tableaux, 'like tiny universes, surreal and poetic'. He has exhibited in Britain and Europe, most recently at the Art Nuova Icona, Venice, and began to exhibit with England & Co in 1991, taking part in in several of the gallery's exhibition series Art in Boxes. He had a solo exhibition with England & Co in 1992, and has since been included in numerous gallery exhibitions such as The Map Is not the Territory iii in 2003 and Four Artists in 2005.

Burbidge's series The Way Things Are are groups of forms made using a simple system of repeated actions. These are un-named, mysterious objects 'whose function and meaning is yet to be discovered'. A group from this series was included in the 2008 exhibition at England & Co, Is there anybody out there?


Constructions & mixed media

Nacht Blume - Details

Nacht Blume 2003

Mixed media with strontium aluminate, moon map, silicon, wax, cloth, lead, glass, MDF
33.75 x 23.75 x 4.5 inches

Descent - Details

Descent 2003

Mixed media construction
24 x 24 x 4 inches

Hide - Details

Hide 1991-92

MDF, glass, lead foil, papier mâché, air
13.5 x 12.25 x 8 inches

Double Blind - Details

Double Blind 1992

Lead foil, enamel, glass, MDF
14 x 26.25 x 9 inches


Private collection

Four Things - Details

Four Things 1991-92

Box construction with MDF, glass, lead foil, wax, paper, brass, cloth, alumnium, late, air
26 x 14 x 9.5 inches

Lacustrine - Details

Lacustrine 1991-92

Box construction with MDF, glass, lead foil brass, papier mâché, lead sheet, cloth, air
14.25 x 26.25 x 9 inches

Dissolve - Details

Dissolve 1991-92

26.5 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches


Private collection

Seed - Details

Seed 1991-92

Box construction with MDF, glass, lead foil, map, wood, peat, air
25.5 x 11 x 8.5 inches

Echo - Details

Echo 1991

12 x 21 x 8.75 inches


Private collection

Colony - Details

Colony 1991

Wood, resin, treated lead foil, bitumen/rubber compound, paper map, glass, air
16 x 13 x 8 inches