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BRIAN BURKE, R.C.A. (1952-2017)
Perpetual Grace: A Retrospective
October 20 - November 10 . 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, October 20 | 2pm - 4pm
Brian Burke was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I. in 1952 and developed a love for painting and drawing as a child. In the early 1970s, Burke's education in the arts saw him studying at Holland College followed by one semester of instruction from Eric Fischl at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. A skilled draughtsman, Burke's interest in the human form and his neo-expressionist approach became defining characteristics of his work.
BRIAN BURKE, Alles ist nicht in Ordnung (1999) 40 x 40 inches, oil on canvas
In the early 1980s, Henry Purdy of Holland College offered Burke his first professional show at the college and the exhibition was met with both critical and commercial success. Exhibitions followed in Halifax, Toronto, New York, and Seattle, among others, establishing Burke's place as one of the foremost Canadian painters and earning him membership in the Royal Canadian Academy.
Brian Burke left behind an impressive legacy - a prodigious body of work that is powerfully haunting and impactful, tinged with black humour in its resolute dedication to the truthful representation of the timeless existential predicament of the human condition.
January 5, 2018 | The East Mag
Along with his wife Judith Scherer, he divided his final years living between Murray Harbour, PEI and Luzern, Switzerland. Brian Burke passed away on December 19, 2017 at the age of 65 in Prince Edward Island.
Painting for me is an activity not unlike playing jazz. With jazz I require interaction with other people to find that state where I am, in effect, watching myself play. If all is going well I can achieve a similar 'state of grace' while in the act of painting. I paint to find that space.
- Brian Burke, R.C.A. (1952-2017)
Burke's work draws fervent attention outside of Canada, currently appearing in Karneval der Tiere at Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland until January 6, 2019. His work was also on show in A Moment Ago, a recent solo exhibition at Galerie Müller in Luzern.
Three Ring Circus (2008) 45 x 72 inches, oil on canvas
Please contact Ingram Gallery to receive the exhibition catalogue, the artist's CV, and with any further inquiries.
UP NEXT | AT INGRAM
Harold Town & Florence Vale
November 17 - December 5 . 2018
Excitement has been building for our upcoming
exhibition, a collection of works by dear friends Harold Town and Florence Vale. The mythical
Pyramid of Roses
(ink, 1965) is a small drawing by Florence Vale that Harold Town became transfixed with and catalyzed his numerous improvisations. Inspired by the piece, Town produced a gallery of works under the drawing's influence.
exhibition will showcase many of the works in this series by Town as well as the drawings, collage works, and paintings of Florence Vale. Please
click here for more information
regarding the exhibition.
Throughout all of these, Town has kept the spirit of the original. His variations have the same lightheartedness, the same sensuousness and the same pleasant charm. Above all he has kept the humour and whimsicality. In a time of difficult and complex art, this love for innocent delight is greatly welcome.
- David P. Silcox
Harold Town: The First Exhibition of New Work, 1969-1973
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 1973
HAROLD TOWN, Vale Variation #72 (1972) 19.5 x 25.5 inches, pencil, oil paint,
oil pastel & pencil pastel on yellow Canson paper
BEYOND THE GALLERY WALLS
Travis Shilling's Spirit of the Times exhibition enjoyed great success at The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on Manitoulin Island. A prime time for his work, Shilling was also shortlisted to create a large-scale piece for Re-Imagining Place: The Hart House Centennial Commission. A meeting of jury members will wrap deliberations and announce their selected artist before the month's end. Still further, Shilling has been slated to hold his first solo exhibition in the USA at the Burlington City Arts in Vermont from October 25, 2019 to February 8, 2020. Please stay tuned for additional details relating to these thrilling ventures.
Ryan Price has a public exhibition taking place at the Elora Centre for the Arts in Elora, Ontario. A Series of Meaningless Pencil Drawings Done Over a Short Period of Time While Listening to Heavy Metal Music is on view until November 18, 2018. This new collection of drywall drawings will be available here at the gallery soon after.
FROM ALL OF US | AT INGRAM
Yellow Day (1979) 16 x 20 inches, oil on masonite
New additions to our historical works have also been flowing into the gallery, such as the incomparable paintings of
and sculptures of
The Prince Edward County landscapes (1974-1979) are a choice period in Fairley's oeuvre for their minimalism and colour sense.
JANE EVERETT, Tracery II (2018) 48 x 60 inches, oil on canvas
All the best,