Fine Art Gallery
Wingland – Dedicated to Lovers and Friends Who Know How to Soar.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Quiet times along the ocean bluffs, as he watched birds glide and soar in the open space was the beauty that inspired artist Robert Burridge to create “Wingland – Dedicated to Lovers and Friends Who Know How to Soar.” The water media exhibit will be featured in the Henderson Fine Arts Center (HFAC) Gallery, beginning Monday, March 26, through Friday, April 13. A reception for Burridge and his work will be held at the HFAC gallery, on Tuesday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“The paintings in this exhibit were developed over two uninterrupted weeks in Mendocino, Calif., an artists’ retreat,” Burridge explains. “I watched soaring, gliding, floating birds of all sizes and shapes. With this inner peace…I painted quickly with spontaneous brushstrokes of color and drew images from memory.”
Burridge’s motivation for his paintings is influenced by Egyptian paintings, African sculptures, Japanese gardens, and Greek dramas. His paintings are also inspired from his dreams.
Burridge is a national juror for many art organizations as well as a college and national workshop instructor. He is the honorary president of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and signature member of both the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the ISAP. His honors include the prestigious Franklin Mint award and the Crest Medal for Achievement in the Arts, previously awarded to Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Dedicated to Lovers and Friends who know how to Soar
For 18 years I have painted everyday and dramt most nights. My paintings are from my dreams. The intention and reason why I painted this body of work was my impulsive desire to suddenly paint and record my haunting, but wondrous dreams, closest friends and personal fantasies.
In my dreams I awake in Wingland. The winged figures are my companions and friends... friends who have significantly influenced my desire to put down paint and tell a story.
In Wingland, everyone flies. In my dreams, I fly backwards and pull out images from sweet memories, reinterpret and imagine them with me in this ethereal space. We laugh alot.
In my dreams, there are stories and images of ambiguity, but with just enough evidence to almost tell the whole story. The story of romance and companions, secretly together in public places.
With these images there is no tension or fearful struggle. All is right. But that is not all there is in these pictures. Much more is implied.
But in this new body of work, I pay more attention to imagination and my curiosity. I am willing to paint what seems new and bizarre to me.
The paintings in this exhibit were developed over two uninterrupted weeks of painting in Mendocino, California, an artists' retreat. No cell phones, no computers, no news. Quiet times along the ocean bluffs. I watched soaring, gliding, floating birds of all sizes and shapes. I felt so content with this moment. The freedom of the winged creatures out in open space seemed to clear out my mind clutter and chatter. This euphoric mood became my closest companion during those two weeks.
With this inner peace my creative juices began flying all over the canvas. I painted quickly with spontaneous brushstrokes of color and drew images from memory. I was not so interested in perfection or having my paintings as "entertainment." I relaxed and moved paint around and figures with wings appeared.
Standing back and away, I noticed human shapes with wings unfolding and flying above the stars. Some figures morphed into shadowy, elusive messengers-- messengers with tidings of immeasurable happiness, like the wide variety of birds that contantly fly in and out of my studio. My personal pleasures came from being able to take facts, memory and sensory feelings and turn them into a dreamy visual story.
My motivation for my paintings are influenced by Egyptian paintings, African sculptures, Japanese gardens, and Greek dramas. These classic art forms and contemporary art moves me to connect them all and see what happens.
My personal growth in painting draws from my curiosity for reinventing. The time spent painting plunges me deeply into an arena of constant surprises and unpredictable results. I was after newness but what emerged was art taht was not for real.
As some wise soul once said, "Art doesn't imitate reality; one of the damned things is enough."
See you in my dreams!
Robert Burridge was an Industrial Designer. After 25 years in the business, he left the corporate world to be a full time, contemporary painter. Today his paintings are sold in galleries worldwide, including San Francisco, Raleigh, Sedona, Hawaii, Australia and on Cruise Ships. Burridge is a national juror for many art organizations, as well as a college and national workshop instructor. He is the honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters and Signature Member of both the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the ISAP. His honors include the prestigious Franklin Mint award and the Crest Medal for Achievement in the Arts, previously awarded to Picasso, John Singer Sargent, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Hollywood is another venue for Bob's work; he created 12 huge paintings for the movie "Dean Quixote." His work is in corporate collections as well as the television and entertainment industry.
Burridge's work is praised as "Happy powerful, humorous and just a little tweaked!" Art critics claim Burridge's works "masterly done," cheerful and original.
Burridge says "art should be an uplifting experience for both the painter and the art buyer. It's one of the luxurious examples celebrating artistic talent and all that is wonderful about life, and especially its quirkiness."
Burridge's country studio is located on California's central coast in San Luis Obispo County.
Arroyo Grande, California
(c)Robert Burridge 2007
The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday,
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events,
contact Cindy McNealy at 566-3464.