"In the Kingdom of the Blind, the one eyed man is king".
Fresh into the gallery from his studio in P.E.I., Brian Burke's new series of paintings
will be installed in an order the artist has envisioned for the series to be experienced. Burke's cunning wit, skill with paint and strong eye for composition comes through in each piece.
Please join us at the gallery throughout the day on Saturday, September 7th as we celebrate Burke's 12th solo exhibition with the gallery. Waiting for the one-eyed man
runs until September 26th.
Painting for me is an activity not unlike playing jazz. 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. The resultant painting doesn't make the viewer privy to any great "truth". He is the same as one who listens to music (...).
Brian Burke was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in 1952. He studied design at Holland College (1971-73) and Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1974). He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Also on view: Trading Fours -- 10 video shortsA unique collaboration with singer/musician/song-writer Doug Mallory.Mallory and I have in musician's terms, been "trading fours" in which one participant makes a four bar statement and the other replies with his four bar statement, thus creating a dialogue. These interpretations are individual responses to the work of another. There are no definitive answers.
Recent public art projects include two exhibitions at Confederation Centre Art Gallery Other Worlds
, curated by Ihor Holubitzky and Free Parking
by Pan Wendt. Brian Burke's works have been exhibited at international art fairs, such as Art Karlsruhe, Germany. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous public galleries and they are in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.