I am a multidisciplinary artist, currently rooted on Pender Island, a small island off the west coast of Canada, on unceded Coast Salish Territory. My days are spent between my cabin studio and my independent Gallery & Tattoo Studio “Drawing Wolf Studio”, located at Pender Island’s town centre. My time is best spent toiling away on various detailed and imaginative creations, ranging from textiles, paintings and scultpures. Though my creative practice takes many forms, I specialize in illustration, painting and custom tattoo work.
In making and sharing art, I aim to reveal the gorgeously cluttered underbelly of an artist’s practice, as well as express all that feels otherwise impossible to articulate. I primarily draw with black ink and a fine point calligraphy pen. A sketchbook is always at arm’s reach, even my polished paintings bear a sketchbook quality, as I intend to portray as much the artist’s process as the artist’s finished project–that is where my fantastical imaginings find common ground with my viewers.. Playing with perspective and proportions, bodies and landscapes, I aim to communicate an emotional and intellectual turbulence that can only be explained visually, and felt through personal interpretation. Mountains and creatures, intertwined, dance with fluidity and flirt with memories. I am drawn to humble materials such as old wood boards, driftwood, old books for their openness and lack of pretence; They allow my creations to breathe magic into something that appears, otherwise, mundane. My work lingers somewhere in the balance between otherworldliness and humility: eerie yet comforting. I put thought into highlighting the imperfections that can be seen vaguely through glamour, should you look closely.
Mar 2017 Collaborative Exhibition with Little Leetia & Water.and.Wood, The Northern Quarter, Victoria, BC.
Nov-Jan 2016/17 A fall Collection of Artwork by Izzy Burgwin, SlowCoast Coffee, Pender Island, BC.
Sept 2016 Grand Opening Exhibition, Amy & Izzy’s Tattoo & Art Studio, Pender Island, BC
2016 Artwork by Izzy Burgwin at SlowCoast Cafe, Slow Coast Coffee, Pender Island, BC.
2016 The Flitting Mind: Works by Izzy Burgwin, Camas Books, Victoria, BC.
2015: Forest Fire Series, Aurora Inn, Dawson City, YT.
2015 Disconnections SOVA Collaborative Student Exhibit, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT.
2014 Yukon SOVA Open House, Dawson City, YT.
2013 Saatchi Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize London, UK.
2013 Albright Knox Future Curators Exhibition Buffalo, USA.
2013 Dreampipe Collective Art Show, The Herbal Clinic & Dispensary, Toronto, ON
2013 ESA Portfolio Day Toronto, ON
2014 ESA End of Year Art Show Toronto, ON
2014 ESA Craft Sale & Show Toronto, ON
April 2017 Guest Spot at Sticks & Stones Collective, Tattooer, Vancouver, BC.
2016-17 Pender Island Winter & Summer Markets, Art Vendor, Pender Island, BC.
2015 Pender Island Elementary School Silent Art Auction, Talisman Books, Pender Island, BC.
2015 (S)hiver Conservation Klondike Society Event Coordinator, Featured Artist & Vendor, Dawson City, YT
2014 Volunteer at Youth Arts Enrichment Program, KIAC, Dawson City, YT
2014 SOVA Canada/USA Entrance Scholarship Dawson City, YT
2013-2014 Events Coordinator & Promotional Designer at THCH Toronto, ON
2014 THCH Art Farm: Crafts Sale (Curator) Toronto, ON
2014 Art Store Attendant Position at Yukon SOVA Dawson City, YT
2014 Vending station at Odd Finds Store Toronto, ON
2014 Table at KIAC Craft Fair Dawson City, YT
2016 The Suburbanists Album Art, Chicago, IL.
2016 The Victoria Anarchist Bookfair Poster Design, Victoria, BC.
2016 Savannah Valentino Tshirt, Poster & Patch Design, Richmond, VA.
2015 Rail Yard Ghosts Tshirt Design, Texas, USA.
2015 Animated Promotional GIFs for the District Perrier Campaign, Perrier, Mirrorball Agency
2014 Indoor Mural, Conservation Klondike Society, Dawson City, YT
2014 Outdoor Mural, Conservation Klondike Society, Dawson City, YT
2012-2013 Poster Design for Stuck in the City Toronto, ON.
2014 Days N Daze & Rail Yard Ghosts Album Art Commission. Texas, USA
2014 Moon Bandits Merchandise Art (T-shirts, Posters, etc.) California, USA
2014 Les Ours Album Art California, USA
2015 Create Your Own Adventure To-Do List in Oversleeping Published by Centipedes Distro, Vancouver, BC
2014 Where Are you Comic Zine Self Published Dawson City YT
2013 Izzine The Fall Issue Self-Published, Toronto ON
2013 The Creatures’ Children Self-Published Toronto, ON
2014 Mother Ludlam Self-Published Toronto, ON
2014 Write About the Childhood Coat Album Release Self-Published Toronto, ON
2014 I Hear Footsteps Album Release Self Published Dawson City, YT
2014 Where Are You Comic Entries Dawson City, YT