Internationally known motorsports artist
Bill Burrows has been recognized for providing a unique contribution
to the visual interpretation of the motoring life. His artwork
is on display in galleries across the globe, from London to
New York to California to the Galerie Vitesse in Paris.
Burrows' work has also attracted the interest of the press,
and has been featured in publications including Road and Track,
RACER Magazine, Forza, and Classic and Sports Car Magazine—who
named him in their list of the worlds top 20 motorsports artists.
Burrows' artwork is not limited in topic matter or format,
from small canvas floral still-lifes to full-size automotive
floor coverings, and likewise notice of Burrows is also not
limited to print, as he has appeared on the Speed Channel
A classically trained artist, Burrows graduated from Virginia
Commonwealth University with a BFA in 1964, and quickly set
off to Detroit to mix his talents with his inspiration, landing
a job with an advertising firm creating sales brochures for
the Big Three.
Seeking more autonomy in his work, Burrows struck out on his
own in 1970 and opened a graphic studio, quickly attracting
clients such as Time/Life books, National Geographic, and
the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Burrows work was well
received by his clients and the industry alike, as he scored
honors from the American Institute of Graphic Artists, Print
Magazine, and Mead Library of Ideas, among others.
Burrows' career path took a turn in the 80's, in part owing
to the turns he was taking in his free time. A long time racing
fan, Burrows found himself attracted to vintage racing, with
its fantastic historic machinery and the camaraderie of the
competitors fostered by the unified love of cars.
While he'd originally begun vintage racing as a hobby, this
pursuit led to a new career, as his fellow competitors began
requesting Burrows time, commissioning him to capture their
cars on canvas. This provided a wonderful and timely change
in direction for Burrows, as computers changed the illustration
business forever, but the demand for his work allowed Burrows
to continue to create art.