Burnell Yow! (the exclamation point is part of the name) is an intuitive artist who works in the varied media of painting, collage, assemblage, sculpture, digital art and photography.
Since 1995, he has maintained a full-time studio called Raven’s Wing, which is located near Fitler Square in Philadelphia. Yow! is a member of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers and has served on the planning committee for the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), an annual event in which artists all across the city open their studios to the public for two weekends in October.
The printed word on this unique and multi-talented artist has appeared in Red Herring, Art Matters, Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, American Style Magazine, Synapse, City Paper, and Eye Level, and in Philadelphia Magazine (where he was named one of the twenty-five “hippest” people in Philadelphia).
After nearly sixty years of sometimes following rules and sometimes ignoring them, I have come to the realization that “there are no rules, only materials.”
I am an intuitive artist in that I work from the heart, not the head. My experience is that art is a leap into the dark, and the unforeseen event, the accident, the unexpected all play a very large part in my creative play. Seldom is anything planned. I prefer to let the materials suggest the direction of a work.
What I would suggest to anyone making art is to trust your intuition, your inner knowing; to allow yourself to be immersed in the process of creation as a joyous and sacred dance of materials; to neither listen to critics nor be one; and finally, to leap into the dark secure in the knowing that wherever your feet touch down will be the right place at the right time.
Raven’s Wing Studio • 2301 Naudain Street • Philadelphia, PA 19146