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.'