Growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s, Bryan Burk had a strong interest in the traditionally hand drawn comic books, animation, package and character design that was seeing it’s twilight as an art form, as computer-generated graphics and graphic design had not yet come to the fore in mainstream culture. After attending the Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where he focused heavily on drawing, painting and printmaking, Bryan moved to San Francisco for 2 years of study at the San Francisco Art Institute. Finally in 1995, he finished his BA Degree at Bennington College, working closely with the painters Amy Sillman and Rochelle Feinstein.
Following having worked as an artist’s assistant in New York City for 4 years, Bryan discovered an interest in tattooing, and moved to Los Angeles to serve as an apprentice under American tattoo master Bob Roberts, with whom he worked for 11 years. In 2010, he opened his own tattoo studio, Dark Horse tattoo, which he operates to this day.
In 2018, Bryan was invited to take a 2 hour beginners ceramics class by a friend, and became immediately fascinated by making pottery, and joined the private studio as a member. For the last 3 years, he has been teaching himself to make and decorate pots, most recently with the informal guidance and friendship of artist Tony Marsh.