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Quotes

"... to grow you need an environment of opportunities."
Jacques Barzun 
The sublime is like poetry; it will not be caught or chased down… The imagination loves freedom first, and then form. And there is an odd kind of freedom in the fringes that comes, in part, from jettisoning our love of function.
Barbara Hurd
If our minds are selected for inventing bits of order, then art’s highest function is to shed light on the mind. And, terribly, any human artifact is the mind’s own simulacrum…
Annie Dillard
How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you? (Meno To Socrates)
Rebecca Solnit
What kinds of problems, and what kinds of meanings, happen in the paint? Or as one historian put it, 'What is thinking in paint as opposed to thinking about painting?'
James Elkins
The poetic image is a sudden salience on the surface of the psyche…
Gaston Bachelard
"Did you make that song up?"
"Well, I sort of made it up," said Pooh. "It isn't Brain...but it comes to me sometimes."
"Ah," said Rabbit, who never let things come to him, but always went and fetched them.
AA Milne 

Ricky Burnett's studio is a stimulating creative space filled with Johannesburg art students four and half days a week. It is a perfect working environment for artists of all levels who want to explore their own creative intelligence.

There is no singular style in evidence at the studio but there is a singular approach to teaching. Ricky's methods are both orthodox and unorthodox and range from life drawing to spontaneous discussions about anything from philosophical questions to poetry.

Collective critiques are sometimes part of the process. Everything combines to create a distinct experience which has resulted in a very solid core of constant students many of whom have progressed to the point where they have exhibited successfully. Despite having reached that point they keep coming to the studio because Ricky continues to help them realise their artistic voice.

As a working artist Ricky is directly connected to the questions and issues that constantly arise. He believes that:

'My task is to assist students to find elements of their uniqueness and to develop strategies which might reveal and consolidate this uniqueness. Good work is authentic work and rewarding, even if it is hard won.'

Ricky Burnett