Mick Burton     My main style is Continuous Line Drawing and, after a gap of 40 years, my new painting “Harriet’s Busy Day” was a finalist in Britain’s Got Artists and exhibited in Leeds Central Library in July 2012.  I am a Continuous Line Artist again.

I originally painted with poster colours on card after starting Continuous Line Drawings in 1965.  Northern Screenprints Ltd in Pudsey, Yorkshire, offered to produce prints of 4 animals and I sold another 4 designs to greeting card printers J Arthur Dixon Ltd (Isle of Wight).  Between 1969 and 1971 I lived in Nottingham, and was accepted into the Nottingham Society of Artists.  I travelled to London on the train, with pictures under my arms, to enter Open Exhibitions and had 10 accepted, including at the National Society, on the Mall in 1972.

My natural style developed through many observed links with nature and I realised that this was connected to new mathematics of that time.  I corresponded with mathematicians from Leeds University and the Open University about Four Colour Theory.  Marriage and a career (back in Leeds) and children then took over.  My painting ceased in about 1973 and the maths in about 1976.

So I am back, and people’s reactions are so similar, which is tremendously encouraging.  But the world has moved on.  In the late 1960’s someone asked me if my pictures were done by a computer, when computers had just moved on from punched cards !  Now computers can animate to the point of being indistinguishable from reality, but I need to be able to see the difference.  I want art to be from the hand, eye, brain and the heart, if you are lucky enough to have them all.  I may use some systems, just as nature does, but my art is not thought out by any computer.  I am happy that a Continuous Line can be drawn by use of a stylus on a tablet computer, just as it could be scraped onto a cave wall with a flint.

I want to show a range of my pictures in my website Galleries and use the Blog to post insights into my art and explain how it relates to nature, my life and a bit of maths.  My aim is to keep things simple.  If you can appreciate my forms, structures, colours and feelings instinctively, as you might the wonders of nature, then I am getting somewhere.  I like to think that my sort of art could have been produced at any time in history, and I will mention others who have had similar ideas, both recently and back through time.

You are welcome to use my pictures on your web site, but please acknowledge me and my continuous line drawings.  If you adopt any part of my approach please acknowledge that too and, of course, I would be delighted to hear from you about it and any observations you have.

Here are my main exhibitions or similar, mostly exhibitions where selection is involved or I have received invitations.  

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I have also being invited to do demonstrations or workshops at Stainbeck Arts Club, Alwoodley Art Group, Horsforth Art Society and Farsley Art Club (which are all in the Leeds area), as well as Ripon Arts and Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club.  I was booked to visit York Art Society, Pateley Bridge Art Club and East Keswick Art Club when Covid descended upon us. 

I have an ambition to show how continuous line drawing is naturally linked to many styles of art and structures in nature.  My blog includes references to Four Colour Maps, Islamic art patterns and Knots, and also Celtic art has many similarities.  

Noboru Ito, author of “Knot Projections” published by Chapman and Hall in November 2016, asked if he could reference articles in my blog in his preface. These relate to Haken’s Gordian Knot, which I compared to my Twisting, Overlapping, Envelope Elephant picture. 

Peter Prevos included me in his “Unknot Hall of Fame” in July 2021, on his website  https://horizonofreason.com/science/unknot-gallery/     .

I am currently working on various ways to draw Prime Numbers.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Michael Chang

    Wow !!! Mick known you all this time and know you have a hidden talent, me and my son have been admiring your fantastic work on your website.

  2. Louise

    Hi Mick,

    I really like your continuous line drawings, especially the panther. I am an art teacher and am planning on using the technique in a school interview lesson for secondary students. Have you got any tips on how the studdents could create such amasing shapes using continuous line?



    1. mickburton2 Post author

      It is great that you like my drawings and that you intend to use the technique with your students. I was particularly pleased with the Panther which won the “Creative Creatures” award at the Association of Animal Artists annual exhibition in 2014. I will be delighted to send an e-mail to you with suggestions based upon my initial posts in 2014 explaining my various approaches and ideas on Single Continuous Lines, and the approach that I used at the demonstration at Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club, involving doing a drawing in stages and then joining up all the loose ends (in my posts dated 28 December 2018 and 12 January 2019).
      I will also cover my visit to a primary school where I did definite Single Continuous Lines all in one go, as I knew that the kids would not “buy” anything else. I feel that this approach is good for all ages due to the simplicity and spontaneous nature of a “fearless” attempt. A post on this will appear soon. The first time I paused in the main sketch to explain something a voice said “He has taken his pen off the paper”. The kids were 5-6 years old and they were great and made good attempts at the variety of things we did.


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