James Burke, Creative Director at Acrylicize

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About James Burke


James Burke is Creative Director and Co-Founder of Acrylicize, an award-winning pioneering multidisciplinary creative studio that develop bespoke, narrative-driven custom art. Leaders in the field, they are a totally unique studio that sits somewhere between an Art Collective, a Creative Agency and an Art Consultancy. The work challenges the conventions of art and questions its wider role in the formation of identity. The studio are driven by a desire to make Art more accessible by brining it out of the gallery space and into peoples daily lives.

Acrylicize started in 2003 as James’ final year art project at Manchester Metropolitan University. James decorated his acrylic art project with ornamental price tags to enforce the idea of Art as commodity, whilst suggesting a fresh alternative to the traditional canvas and picture frame, and promptly sold every piece without even intending to. The demand was manifest; the business potential unmissable – James wasn’t ready to finish his project just because his university course had. James’ friend and fellow Manchester graduate Paul Arad came on board shortly after to form the core team that now stands guiding the studio on its journey.

Born at Art School, 12 years later the studio enjoys a diverse portfolio of work, showcasing one-of-a-kind art installations, interior graphics, entire art schemes and architectural features, all underpinned by a unique sense of character and individuality that has come to define Acrylicize projects. As creative director at Acrylicize, James has led projects clients including Heinz, Coca-Cola, British Airways, Google and many other leading global brands, as well as exciting leaders in emerging sectors. Alongside Acrylicize, James also established Shesh, an art project that explores the relationship between art, fashion and music. James is also a professional drummer and has performed at iconic venues, including the Jazz Cafe, Ronnie Scott’s and the London Palladium.

In 2012, Acrylicize relocated from Harrow to Shoreditch, signalling the growth of the business. Award wins include FX magazine’s Breakthrough Talent of the Year award and TrainE TraidE Business of the Year, as well as multiple prestigious award wins for projects the studio has worked on.




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