Adrian L Burrell

Adrian Burrell is a third-generation Oakland artist utilizing photography, installation, and experimental media. His work examines issues of race, class, and intergenerational dynamics, Inviting moments where collective Storytelling could be a site for remembering.

Burrell has lived and worked on four continents. He is a US Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA, film)and Stanford University (MFA, Department of Art & Art History). At Stanford, he lectured, served as Black Graduate student community outreach chair, and was a visiting Artist with Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in Arts.

He was in residence at the Black Freedom fellowship in Salvador, Brazil, in 2023, was a resident at SF FILM, was a YBCA creative cohort fellow between 2021 and 2022, and was selected for the renowned Black Rock residency in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022.

His solo exhibition, “Venus Blues,” opened at the Minnesota Street Foundation 20,000 square feet space in October 2023. His first solo exhibition was on view at the ICA San Jose, California, from September 2022 -February 2, 2023.

Burrell’s work has been featured in the New Yorker, Black Star Film Festival, PopUp Magazine, Photo Ville, the Pingyao International Photography Festival China, and SXSW, among others. In 2021, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art acquired “It’s After the End of the World Don’t You Know That Yet.” This collective self-portrait examines normalized violence inflicted on black lives. He received the San Francisco Camerawork Jurors Choice Award in 2019. Burrell is in Development on his first feature film, Cousins, which was the recipient of the 2022 SF film Rainin Grant. His first Monograph, “Sugarcane and Lightning,” is currently available for order through Minor Matters publishing.

Past Exhibitions & Events

  • Exhibition
  • Talk
Now Closed
16 March 2024
  • Exhibition
Now Closed
16 March to 30 June 2024