Australia b. 1957

Ron McBurnie is an Australian artist based in Townsville, North Queensland. He works primarily in the area of printmaking, painting and artist’s books. Ron McBurnie has made a major contribution to the development of contemporary printmaking in Australia as Co-Director of Lyre Bird Press, James Cook University (JCU) Townsville, the establishment of Lyre Bird Off The Wall Books and as lecturer in Printmaking and Book Arts at JCU Townsville. 

He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past twenty-five years and has lectured and participated in artist-in-residence programs in universities in Australia and overseas. Ron McBurnie’s work is represented in all major State Galleries, the National Gallery of Australia Collection and the Mackay City Council Collection, Artspace Mackay.

“I live in Townsville, a city in the northern tropical part of the east coast of Australia.  As well as being an artist, I lecture at James Cook University in the School of Creative Art in Townsville.

I draw information used in my work from a variety of different sources both contemporary and historical. The ideas may come from obscure and seemingly unconnected bits of information but become connected through the visual relationships I bring to them. These new narrative combinations are what form the basis of the work that I produce.

I usually make work in series. Each one is built up and added to over several years. As I grow older and I see the world differently, the new images I make evolve and adapt to suit my own personal changes .”

Ron McBurnie 2009