Artist examines humanity’s Impact on nature

by Paul Steinmetz| April 25, 2019

Edward Burke’s view of the environment as an ebb and flow of human interaction will be the focus of his exhibit at The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Gallery 287.

Burke’s show will open on June 28 and run through Aug. 23 at the gallery at 287 Main St., in Danbury. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 28 at 5:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show, titled “I Am the Problem,” reflects the artist’s “micro and macro views of environmental processes, including the ebb and flow of energy and our interaction and disruption of these systems.”

Burke said he wants his art to communication his observations and emotional responses directly from mind to hand, without contrivance.

“I devote time to researching, observing, and photographing various types of organic structures as they relate to critical environmental issues,” he said. . These explorations are the subliminal resources for my present work. I begin drawing or painting with no preconceived idea of the end results, exploring marks, forms, and structures.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Burke attributed his career decision to a caring grade-school teacher.

“Mrs. Hall recognized my artistic ability and helped me find a meaningful place in the school by assigning me to create elaborate blackboard chalk drawings for all the school events and holidays,” Burke remembered. “This simple thoughtful act helped my self-esteem and set my life’s path in art. She suggested that I apply to the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. That school was a revelation – it valued something at which I was innately good: creating art”

After graduating, Burke developed his career as a book designer and art director for educational publishers. He began his serious pursuit of painting several years later.

“I had to find a way of earning a living, so I chose commercial art,” Burke said. “However, throughout my life I have never given up my love of fine art and the self-expression of painting.”

For more information, call the Cultural Alliance at (203) 798-0760.