Deborah Brisker Burk
My artist’s journey started in childhood: drawing, sketching, and pottery, later, painting and sculpting. I was very lucky to have been exposed to the great works of art at the Museums in Washington while growing up and attending a school where the arts were encouraged…My family was all into the arts, and, so began my lifetime of creating.
My process begins with a concept or reaction to a feeling, culled from experiences, or a response to a visual image in my mind. Throughout the process, I check to see if the work is reflecting my intention. Various bodies of work influence and inform each other; often cross-pollinating. My series on paper is mixed media work that captures the human figure, and/or abstract forms in movement, color, and line.
My Stream of Consciousness series on canvas catalogs the figure on the edge of abstraction, emerging from my thoughts, dreams and the images distilled from work on paper. The work may include mixed media of paint, Caran d’ache, oil pastel, charcoal, ink, ure pigment, and collage. Nothing is “off-limits” in terms of the use for expression.
Abstract Considerations, the most recent series, is pure abstraction on canvas and paper. Both surfaces have evolved from the works in a former series. In Abstract Considerations, the entire composition becomes a “search and conquer” process for the final image. The forms are “sculpted” from the canvas or paper to arrive at the finish line…the final piece.
In the series, “Terra FirmaScapes”, the abstracted landscape is the centerpiece upon which my quest turns to the land of shapes –pushing to mix a slice of reality with abstraction.
Another series, “Explorations of Possibilities” is pure abstraction on canvas portrayed in heightened texture, line, and color. In this series, I seek the “right “marks and spaces and lines to express my feeling about an envisioned place that exists in my mind’s eye.
“Bodyscapes “& “Extensions” “Imagescapes” are further outgrowths of the above process…where the search for the bold line, intense color, and texture continues. Using the figurative or abstract platform, I develop the process as a tool for expressing my ongoing love affair with color, attentive mark-making, texture, and form. It is a constant search, layering, building upon, to arrive at that moment where the piece ultimately “works”. Extending the time of that moment and stretching my explorations through sustained study and attention keeps the work alive and fresh for me.
About Blue, Abstract Considerations, 23, 23X26, mixed media on paper, by Deborah Brisker Burk 10
Supposition III mixed media on paper 17X24-small _small jpeg framed
Tonal Opus I 14X11 mixed media on canvas by Deborah Brisker Burk
Supposition I mixed media on paper 17X24-large
Sublime Stretch 26X21 mixed media on paper
Secluded mixed media paper20X24,fr 26X31
Regarding Marks I w_ BLue 36X24 mixed media on Canvas by Deborah Brisker Burk - large
Regarding Markings IV w_ grey, canvas, 36X24, by Deborah Brisker Burk
Regarding Markings III w_ square, 36X24, on canvas by Deborah Brisker Burk
Moodscape Revisted I, 36X48, canvas by Deborah Brisker Burk
Malescape VI Heart Fire 20X26 mixed media on paper
Malescape V Imagine 18X23 mixed media on paper
Malescape I-Changes w_blues&browns 23X18 mixed media on paper (2)
Longing 19X26 mixed media on paper Deborah Brisker Burk
Formscape III Standing Male with oranges, sienna&blue, 26X20 by Deborah Brisker Burk
Formscape II, reclining figure w_turquoise & sienna, 26X20, by Deborah Brisker Burk
Formscape I standing male w_ turquoise and warm tone, 26X20 by Deborah Brisker Burk
Figurescape VIII Framed Male Figure with blues, browns,earthtones 32X26
Figurescape VII Framed Male Figure 32X26
Figurescape IX Framed Two Male Figures w_bronze and grays, 32X26
Femalescape VIII-Repose- 18X23 mixed media on paper
Femalescape VII-Assured-20X26 mixed media on paper
Femalescape IX-Transition-26X20 mixed media on paper
Femalescape II-Musing- 26X20 mixed media on paper
Extensions XIV,with brights, 20X26 by Deborah Brisker Burk
Extensions XII (abstract) 26X20 mixed media on paper by Deborah Brisker Burk - large
Extensions XI (abstract) 26X20 mixed media on paper by Deborah Brisker Burk - large
Extensions III w_ redsoranges, blues + greys w multi squares 20X26 mixed media on paper
Extensions II w_lilac,turquoise mixed media on paper 20X26
Extension X w_square 26X20 mixed media on paper
Exntensions I_ w hot pink and copper 20X26 mixed media on paper
Entering Space in Warm Tones 20X26
Defining Space in Neutrals 20X26
Debby Brisker Burk in studio 6_8_2013
Bodyscape VIII;seated male w_turquoise and bronze; mixed media on paper 26X20 by Deborah Brisker Bur
Bodyscape VII with orange and green, 26X20 Deborah Brisker Burk
Bodyscape V (male fig. w_bowl) 26X20 mixed media on paper - large
Bodyscape II 26X20 male figure mixed media on paper by Deborah Brisker Burk - large
A Washington native, Deborah Brisker Burk is an award winning artist who has been creating art since childhood. She has worked in a range of media including sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing. Her current paintings are mixed media on canvas and paper. Ms. Burk’s work has been featured in numerous galleries, collections and exhibitions in the U.S., Israel, Canada, Russia, Egypt and India. Exhibits include solo shows at the The Marin Price Galleries, Parish Gallery, The Charles Sumner Museum, Philip Morton Gallery, Har Shalom Gallery and The Framer’s Choice. Currently, Ms. Burk work may be seen at: Philip Morton Gallery, Rehoboth, Delaware and Marin Price Galleries in Chevy Chase, Md., Blank Slate Gallery in Sarasota, Fl., Gallery 50, Rehoboth Beach, De. , William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and the William Ris II Gallery in Jamesport, Long Island, N.Y.
Ms. Burk earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from GWU. Publications include the Cape Gazette in De., and a review in the Washington Gazette for her latest show at Marin Price Galleries. Her Zenith Gallery exhibit garnered a large photo of her artwork and review in The Washington Post by critic, Mark Jenkins. Past exhibits have resulted in “top pick,” and other positive critiques from The Washington Post. Brisker-Burk’s work has been featured in the City Paper, Md. Gazette, Potomac Almanac, as well as in reviews by Robert Dunlop, WETA art critic, and JoAnne Lewis, art critic from the Post. Curators from Corcoran, National Museum for Women in the Arts and the Hirshorn have juried her work in numerous exhibits. Ms. Burk has served as a local juror, and in pursuit of fresh artistic ideas, she has traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Caribbean, Europe, Australia and Russia..