Brian Burt


Brian Burt



Oil on Panel

5 x 7 inches

Signed Verso


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Artist Statement

It's always been difficult for me to answer the question "what type of painting do you do?" I was trained in college to be an illustrator. Then I served a three year apprenticeship based in classical realism. After that for six years I worked solely in the pastel medium and considered myself, a pastelist. My influences range from the French Academic master, Jean-Leon Gerome to the illustrator, Drew Struzan, and then back around to photorealistic grid paintings of Chuck Close. There are so many historical threads that make up the technique(s) that I use to complete my works that saying "I'm a classical realist" or "a trained illustrator" would simply not be accurate. If I was blunt, when asked, I would say "I try to paint briefly convincing lies." A playing card, by itself, is simply not that interesting. Put that same card in the hands of someone with training and skill, the card can flip, dance back and forth, and even disappear. Through the use of a learned skill something ordinary has been made into something extraordinary, something magical. My work is akin to what a magician does with a playing card. I take benign forgettable objects and through skill, I attempt to make you see that object in a new way. A way that is memorable, and if I've done it well enough, magical.

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." -Jonathan Swift


My official training in art started at Miami University (Oxford OH). After graduating in 98' with a BFA in painting I moved to Minneapolis, with my wife Jennifer, to serve a three year apprenticeship at The Atelier School of Fine Arts. Over the past eight years I have moved from oil painting to pastels then back to oils again, all the while trying not to fall into the mode of be


ing a "Figurative Painter", a "Still Life Painter", or a "Landscape Painter." For these past years I have been working towards the goal of simply being A Painter of what I see, which sometimes is right in front of my eyes, and other times in the back of my head. Either way I try to represent a small flicker of a moment, that sometimes may have a sly or humorous meaning, and other times it may just be one of those moments that causes us to take a momentary pause in a life that is forever wanting us not to. 


Article  "The Artist Magazine" Jan/Feb 2012

Article "Southwest Art Magazine" 21 over 31 2009 

Feature Story WLWT  Channel 5 Cincinnati 2008

Honorable Mention "Hyde Park Art Show" 2008

Third Place Broad Ripple Art Fair (Indianapolis, IN) 2008

First Place Painting Old Town Art Fair (Chicago, IL) 2008

Semi Finalist "7oth  annual American Artist" Still Life Competition 

Feature Article/Cover Art (Pastel Journal) 2008

First Place Viewpoint Annual Art Show Cincinnati Art Club

Honorable Mention (Pastel Journal Pastel 100) 2007, 05, 04, 03

First Place Hyde Park Art Show (Cincinnati, OH) 2006