latest paintings, “Brothers in the Spirit” and “Sisters in the Spirit,” capture
and share the Black Church experience, an integral part of his personal
heritage. Burnett describes his art as being rooted in a memory. He imagines
his artwork actually existed, both in time and space. That is one of the
reasons his work is so captivating.
work is a memory or a legacy of how and why people have merged and integrated
into what we are, without idealizing humanity,” Burnett said.
of his favorite works is “Marm,” a depiction of a teacher in a one-room
schoolhouse. The painting is actually a tribute to one of Burnett’s teachers.
Burnett does dabble in abstract, with “Fusion” inspired by Picasso while “The
Embrace” and “Spring” are rooted in a study of modern abstract works.
exhibit also features his most personal painting, “Come Unto Me.” Burnett
painted this work in the days after 9/11 to “express my anger, my sympathy, my
hopelessness, but also my belief that God will carry us through in times of
is vice president of student affairs at Tennessee Tech. He holds bachelor’s,
master’s and specialist degrees in education. He is also pastor of Gainesboro
First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Tamelyn, have been married for 29 years
and have two adult children.
of his work will be available at the reception. For more information, contact
Walters State at (423) 318-2347.
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Burnett hangs one of his works featured in “Remnants,” an exhibit at the Catron
Art Gallery, located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library on Walters State’s
Morristown campus. The community is invited to celebrate Burnett’s work and
meet the author during a reception on at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. The
reception will also feature a performance by jazz duo Kelle Jo and the Willie