William Burton, Jr. is one of the most versatile visual artists from St. Louis. Working in a variety of mediums, he specializes in (but not limited to) murals, canvas paintings, pyrography, illustrations, airbrushing. William’s talents extend over vast artistic area.

As a 1985 graduate of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Burton received 4 art scholarships – Columbus College of Art and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Kansas City Art Institute. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute, Burton returned to St. Louis and began airbrushing at a local clothing store before opening his own art studio.

In 1995, Burton produced an illustration for a local Christian published magazine and along with interior designer Julie Rooney, assisted in creating a mural relief for Southwest Bank in South County. In 2000, he worked with Portfolio Art Gallery curator and mentor, Robert Powell, to teach after-school art programs. Burton also taught mural classes in elementary schools, community centers and church youth groups.

April 2003, William was featured in the nation’s most circulated African American newspaper, The St Louis American. “Burton creates poetry with a paintbrush” stated reporter Ma’at Akins. Also in 2003, he participated in a group exhibition at Portfolio Art Gallery.

Currently, Burton clients included local businesses and community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area as well as in neighboring Illinois. He has recently completed numerous works on wood using pyrography (Greek for “fire drawing”). With the assistance of a heated pen, he burns images on wood. He then incorporates color (either by stain or watercolor), adds a frame and produces remarkable works of art on wood.

William Burton, Jr. is an active member of The Black Artists Group (B.A.G), ArtDimensions , Family Is True (F.I.T., LLC), a grass roots community organization and the Zuka Arts Guild.

Recent exhibitions include ArtDimensions 5th Annual Holiday Celebration (juried), B.A.G.s Winter Celebration, Field School Lofts Grand Opening Exhibit, the True Blue Art Auction , The Lair Art Studio “A Spring of Hope” (solo exhibit), African Heritage Festival Juneteenth Celebration, The Lair Art Studio “Let Men Lead” (duo), The Big Art Show (group), B.A.G.s “Express Yourself” Visual and Performing Arts Showcase.

  • Age: 51
  • Joined: July 2007


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Hello to all who read my very 1st journal entry. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my work. / Just a little about me..I was blessed to draw. Ive been drawing forever. I was originally an airbrush artist but decided, one day, to try my hand at canvas work and murals. Ive done countless pieces on canvas for family and friends as well as a few commissioned pieces. / I have also complete…
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