John Michael Burrows

John Michael Burrows’ art is both representational abstract and expressionist.
John lives and works in southern California.
John worked as an architect and interior designer before becoming an artist.

John Michael Burrows is an American artist, best known for his large scale impasto paintings. His style is both abstract and expressionist, and with each of his paintings a vivid and visceral sense of movement pours off the canvas. John’s technique is fascinating; he often substitutes brushes for knives, giving his work a textural and layered quality. Experimentation is integral to John’s practice, as he continues to develop his diverse, yet characteristically expressive style.

John Michael Burrows’ Early Life and Education

John grew up in San Diego, and from a young age he was painting, drawing, carving and making. When he was only 8 years old, John came down with Polio and creative outlets became an integral part of working on his hand-eye coordination, as well as developing a life-long interest in the arts. John studied at Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, where he gained skills in watercolours, acrylic, photography and figurative drawing.

Career and Process

After 35 years spent working firstly as an architect and then as an interior designer, John made the decision to dedicate himself fully to his own artistic practice. It was at this time that John started using oils and knives to create his signature textured paintings. Sometimes representational, and at other times fully abstract, John’s paintings differ hugely, yet are united by their characterful surfaces and impasto quality.

Selected Works

Time and Again by John Michael Burrows

Time and Again

Paintings - 102x152 cm
Flying Bridge by John Michael Burrows

Flying Bridge

Paintings - 122x122 cm
Downtown by John Michael Burrows


Paintings - 102x137 cm
Hot Curl by John Michael Burrows

Hot Curl

Paintings - 102x102 cm
Hiking Out by John Michael Burrows

Hiking Out

Paintings - 102x152 cm
Tranquility by John Michael Burrows


Paintings - 91x152 cm
Riot of Autumn by John Michael Burrows

Riot of Autumn

Paintings - 61x122 cm
Espalier by John Michael Burrows


Paintings - 102x102 cm
Standing Strong by John Michael Burrows

Standing Strong

Paintings - 122x91 cm
High Sierra Tree #5 by John Michael Burrows

High Sierra Tree #5

Paintings - 61x76 cm

High Sierra Tree #4

Paintings - 76x102 cm

High Sierra Tree #3

Paintings - 76x102 cm

High Sierra Tree #1

Paintings - 61x76 cm

Tea Party

Paintings - 102x76 cm

And Miles to Go . . .

Paintings - 102x76 cm


Paintings - 102x102 cm


Paintings - 102x102 cm

Life at the Edge

Paintings - 122x91 cm

Wood of a Color

Paintings - 114x64 cm


Paintings - 66x142 cm

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