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Phil Burns Egg Artwork - Fine Artist

Phil Burns Egg Artwork

Annandale, VA - United States

 
 
 

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Phil Burns Egg Artwork

Annandale, VA - United States

Phil Burns Egg Artwork - Fine Artist

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About Phil Burns Egg Artwork

Phil Burns-In His Own Words at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G70J6eBnn9Q. An Egg A Day video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lGNmSpN58w. Original music on both videos by Thomas Hodges.

Born in Los Angeles in 1926, Phil Burns joined the Army at 17 (WWII). After the war, he stayed in Paris and studied at the Académie Julian on the GI Bill. When Phil returned to the United States, he was invited to spend a few days at the Connecticut estate of Alice De Lamar, a Palm Beach socialite who cultivated artists. One of her other guests was the Russian surrealist artist Pavel Tchelitchew. Phil asked Tchelitchew what he could do to be a better artist - he said to draw an egg every day. Returning to Los Angeles, Phil’s uncle got him a job at in the art department at Universal International Pictures. He became an art director at CBS, then NBC, designing sets for the early days of live television. After his television days, he did interior design and showrooms.

Phil moved to “Rancho Motherclucker,” his house in Fallbrook, CA in 1982. Decades later, recovering from unsuccessful back surgery, Phil remembered Tchelitchew's advice to 'draw an egg every day', and from 1995-2008 he drew over 3,400 variations on the egg while suffering from chronic back pain. Phil also wrote more than 35 plays during this same period. Read more about the plays on the blog.

Artist Statement: “I started doing these drawings in 1995 when I couldn’t sleep thru the night and would wake up hurting at 3am. So I’d get up, slip into my sweats and draw with a crow quill pen and India ink on light weight illustration board cut into 7-1/2” x 8” pieces. The size was dictated by cutting 30” x 40” sheets, the cutting with a mat knife was the hardest part because my left hand couldn’t hold the board. I have learned to love the world at 3am, the stillness and newness. And I’m glad to have found a way to distract myself from the pain that would make 4am a nightmare. I draw until 7 or 8, eat some breakfast, feed the chickens and nap. These drawings… don’t mean anything, there’s no message or theme or plan. They’re drawn for me and if anyone is amused or diverted…that’s OK too. I had fun and they kept me from thinking of myself and cursing the old body. I’m lucky to have been able to do them.” Phil Burns, 20 December 1996

Phil died at his home on the evening of April 22, 2014, one month shy of this 88th birthday. He was working on his play 'Do You Remember Sex.'

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Egg Mickey Mouse by Phil Burns

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Bicycle Nun by Phil Burns

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Wrapped Chicken by Phil Burns
 

Wrapped Chicken by Phil Burns

Layers of Chickens and Eggs by Phil Burns
 

Layers of Chickens and Eggs by Phil Burns

Mother Hen with Egg by Phil Burns
 

Mother Hen with Egg by Phil Burns

Mason Jar Egg by Phil Burns
 

Mason Jar Egg by Phil Burns

Stained Glass Chicken in Egg by Phil Burns
 

Stained Glass Chicken in Egg by Phil Burns

Egg Spiral by Phil Burns
 

Egg Spiral by Phil Burns

Egg Shower Curtain by Phil Burns
 

Egg Shower Curtain by Phil Burns

Egg Quilt2 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Quilt2 by Phil Burns

Egg Quilt by Phil Burns
 

Egg Quilt by Phil Burns

Egg on Table Sketch by Phil Burns
 

Egg on Table Sketch by Phil Burns

Egg in Egg by Phil Burns
 

Egg in Egg by Phil Burns

Egg in Chair Sketch by Phil Burns
 

Egg in Chair Sketch by Phil Burns

Egg Gumball Machine by Phil Burns
 

Egg Gumball Machine by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing mm05-0661 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing mm0308 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing mm9903 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing unkn01 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing 129907 by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 129716 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 129716 by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 129625 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 129625 by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 120035 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 120035 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing 119717 by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 109821 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 109821 by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 089917 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 089917 by Phil Burns

Motherclucker Crest by Phil Burns
 

Motherclucker Crest by Phil Burns

Lighting by Egg by Phil Burns
 

Lighting by Egg by Phil Burns

Hollywood Bowl Egg by Phil Burns
 

Hollywood Bowl Egg by Phil Burns

Feathered Egg Roller by Phil Burns
 

Feathered Egg Roller by Phil Burns

Egg with Chicken Screen by Phil Burns
 

Egg with Chicken Screen by Phil Burns

Egg Flourish by Phil Burns
 

Egg Flourish by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing mm05-0643 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing mm05-0643 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing 089709 by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 060010 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 060010 by Phil Burns

Chicken in Egg by Phil Burns
 

Chicken in Egg by Phil Burns

Chicken Carrying Egg by Phil Burns
 

Chicken Carrying Egg by Phil Burns

Eggs and Whisk by Phil Burns
 

Eggs and Whisk by Phil Burns

Bicycle Rider in Red Swirls by Phil Burns
 

Bicycle Rider in Red Swirls by Phil Burns

Bicycle from Behind by Phil Burns
 

Bicycle from Behind by Phil Burns

Hairy Egg by Phil Burns
 

Hairy Egg by Phil Burns

Egg Drawing 089613 by Phil Burns
 

Egg Drawing 089613 by Phil Burns

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Egg Drawing 080005 by Phil Burns

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