Joel Burden - Mirrored, 2017_03
Joel Burden – Mirrored, 2017

“I have an on-going fascination with people and spaces, and of course, colour.”


Joel Burden


Visual Artist/Illustrator/Designer


Joel Burden - Man with Dalmation, 2017
Joel Burden – Man with Dalmation, 2017

Who are you? What do you do?

I’m a young man, trying to make interesting and beautiful things

Where are you from?

The north of England in the United Kingdom

Your style in 3 words?

Colour, shape and form

Your weakness? Your strength?

Procrastination. Procrastination.

'The Inbetween (Phantasm)' - Joel Burden, 2017
‘The Inbetween (Phantasm)’ – Joel Burden, 2017

What makes you different?

I guess the same as what makes everyone different, meaning my own view and experience of my surroundings.

When did you decide to become a designer?

I decided to become a designer around 6 years ago. I decided to focus on my art and illustration around a year and a half ago now.

What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?

Lately, I’ve been increasingly interested with subtlety, wether it be in a gesture or an object. But I have an on-going fascination with people and spaces, and of course, colour.

Joel Burden - Dalmatians, 2017
Joel Burden – Dalmatians, 2017

A few words about your favourite creation?

I’m terribly self-deprecating when it comes to my own work, so generally my favourite creation would of been the most recent, until I inevitably dislike it for a multitude of reasons. But if I had to choose, ‘Girl on Fancy Stool’ or ‘Bathtime in Blue’ captured a certain atmosphere. It lies somewhere between vibrant and melancholy. Something I think we all have within us, like two sides of the same coin.

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Picasso, Matisse, Hockney, Gauguin.

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

New projects I can’t really say, but I’m always cultivating new ideas and my approach.

Joel Burden - Girl on Fancy Stool, 2017
Joel Burden – Girl on Fancy Stool, 2017

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

My loves and my life.

2017/18: Where are we going?

Very close to the end of 2017 now, which is probably going towards alcohol and chocolate. But 2018 should hopefully be a fruitful year for me.

When the going gets tough…

The tough have a little cry.

Joel Burden - Strange Flowers (l) & Autumn (r), 2017
Joel Burden – Strange Flowers (l) & Autumn (r), 2017

Your city’s favourite spots?

Bike ride down the canal, coffee in one of it’s many fine cafes, buy some Art supplies from Fred Aldous, a quick look at pretty things in Colours May Vary (Shop/Gallery), food and a beer in Bundobust (Indian Street Food/Craft Beer) and maybe then maybe to Wharf Chambers (Co-operative bar/events space) or Brudenell Social Club for any one of the amazing gigs they put on.

Do you have a vision?

Not yet.

Tell us about your future plans…

Keep on keeping on. Working towards some paintings and ceramics, along side a continuation of my main practice.

Joel Burden - Man in Shower, 2017
Joel Burden – Man in Shower, 2017

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

Today it’s Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle



Colours May Vary, Bundobust, Wharf Chambers, Brudenell Social Club