Born in Connecticut, Burwell received a BFA in Fine Arts from Goddard College in Vermont where he studied with Peter Forakis and Charles Ginnever. Burwell went from being a studio assistant to being a studio manager for sculptor Fletcher Benton and subsequently a studio manager for sculptor Aris Demetrios. His work is in numerous corporate collections and various private collections within the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. Burwell likes working with clients for site specific work on any scale.
Catalyst was inspired and designed as a tribute to the brilliance and grace of Al Voigt Looking at his life, I found he appreciated and navigated a life path in which science, nature and art seamlessly intersected. He undertook pivotal actions that served to cause things to happen, be they in technology, sculpture, business or community.
With this in mind, I sought to create a sculpture that drew from the physics of the natural world in which everything is in a constant state of change, both growing and contracting; engaged in the process of reacting from one state of being to another. My goal was to create an object that is something greater than the sum of its parts and to illustrate forces frozen in time.