Brussels Comic Art Factory to host Keith Burns exhibition

Promotional art for Titan Comics Johnny Red mini-series by Keith Burns
Promotional art for Titan Comics Johnny Red mini-series by Keith Burns

If you’re a fan of the art of Keith Burns, then you might want to head to the Comic Art Factory in Brussels, which is hosting an exhibition of his work from 25th October until 9th November 2019 – and the popular gallery is also offering original pages for sale on its website.

Opening on Thursday 24th October at 7.00pm, with Keith in attendance, the exhibition includes work from the Garth Ennis and Keith Burns series Out of the Blue, Johnny Red and War Stories – Castles in the Sky, and some of Keith’s stunning acrylic and oil paintings.

Lancaster B Mark 1 - acrylic art by Keith Burns
Lancaster B Mark 1 – acrylic art by Keith Burns

An award winning aviation artist and commercial illustrator, Keith has illustrated comics for the past decade – and is perhaps best known to many downthetubes readers for his work on Titan Comics revival of the Battle Picture Weekly star, airman “Johnny Red”, who also recently joined the ranks of Commando cover artists.

Garth Ennis, famous for Preacher, Hitman, The Boys and multiple episodes of The Punisher, has scripted three mini-series so far drawn by Keith. Both are passionate about the aviation of World War Two, delivering exciting historical drama, as well paying particular attention to detail in the reproduction of aircraft.

Johnny Red #3 page 20 - Johnny in his RAF Mk2 Hawker Hurricane saves Nina Petrova in her Polikarpov Po-2 from a Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-88 C-6. Eastern Front 1942

Johnny Red #3 page 20 – Johnny in his RAF Mk2 Hawker Hurricane saves Nina Petrova in her Polikarpov Po-2 from a Luftwaffe Junkers Ju-88 C-6. Eastern Front 1942
War Stories: Castles in the Sky #2 page 16 and 17 - USAAF B-17G Flying Fortresses on route from its base in England to bomb a target in Germany coming under attack from Fw190A8-R2’s and Me410 heavy fighters armed with 50mm cannon. A USAAF P51B Mustang comes under friendly fire. 1943
War Stories: Castles in the Sky #2 page 16 and 17 – USAAF B-17G Flying Fortresses on route from its base in England to bomb a target in Germany coming under attack from Fw190A8-R2’s and Me410 heavy fighters armed with 50mm cannon. A USAAF P51B Mustang comes under friendly fire. 1943

First appearing in Battle Picture Weekly, Johnny Red is a fictitious English pilot fighting against the Nazis and commanding a Russian squadron, which notably participated in the Battle of Stalingrad.

The original Keith Burns boards for the Titan Comics mini-series Johnny Red, reviving the character, and the boards from War Stories – Castles in the Sky, published by Avatar in 2014, revealing the daily lives of bomber pilots, were created in pencil and ink. Art on offer measures 30 x 42 cm (A3), with double boards measuring 60 x 42 cm (A2)

The Comic Art Factory is an international art gallery based in Brussels, created in 2014, selling original art from European and American comic book artists, and children’s book illustration art.

Out of the Blue: The Art of Keith Burns, 25th October until 9th November 2019, Comic Art Factory, Chaussée de Wavre 237 1050 Bruxelles (10 minutes from Métro Trône Bruxelles-Luxembourg station) | Opening hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 pm til 7 pm . Other days by appointment

Visit the Galerie Comic Art Factory web site for more information

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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