Brian Burnett


Brian Burnett has been an art instructor at the Toronto School of Art since 1991 and a Fine Arts Faculty member at Centennial College since 2005. He served as TSA's Director from 2000 to 2004, was on TSA's Board of Governors and has been a member of the Faculty Steering Committee since 1992.

He has exhibited regularly since 1979, including at the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto, Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City; the Koffler Arts Centre in Toronto; at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg; the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver; Gallery One in Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His work was included in Canada Nouveau (London, England) and in Contemporary Landscape Perspectives, a traveling exhibition that originated at the AGO.

His work has been collected by the City of  Toronto, General Electric, Government of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario,  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery and McLaren Art, as well as many Corporate and private collections.

Visceral, textured layers of paint coupled with pattern and movement have been constants in Burnett's painting. In recent work, he has brought together his passion for painting and digital technology, creating digital paintings.


New School of Art


Basic Painting TechniquesAbsolute BeginnersView
Digital Drawing and Painting with Corel PainterIntroduction-IntermediateView
Digital Drawing & PaintingAll LevelsView
Expressive Paint HandlingIntermediateView
ONLINE: Expressive Paint HandlingIntermediateView
ONLINE: Powdered Graphite and Acrylic GlazesIntroduction-IntermediateView
ONLINE: Studio Painting 2 & 3Intermediate-AdvancedView
ONLINE: The Painters' StudioIntermediate-AdvancedView
Painting: City ExperienceAll LevelsView
Powdered Graphite and Acrylic GlazesIntroduction-IntermediateView
Studio Painting 2 & 3Intermediate-AdvancedView
The Painters' StudioIntermediate-AdvancedView
Thick over Thin in AcrylicsIntermediateView