Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York Observer—the editors of these and numerous other prominent newspapers and magazines from around the world have all been drawn to Philip Burke's work. Burke creates portraits—part caricature, part abstract expression—that vividly capture the essence of the person he's painting. His process begins with careful study of the landscape of the subject's face, sketching until he's gained an intimate understanding of the geometry and topography of the individual's unique features.
Knowing how the person looks allows Burke the freedom to explore who they really are. That's when, as the artist describes it, the "dance" begins, resulting in lyrical explosions of color on canvas and bold pen strokes on paper. As faces warp and melt, the soul of the subject—from musicians to movie stars, from athletes to politicians, from family and friends to Burke himself—comes into view. The Likeness of Being brings together powerful portraits from throughout the artist's prolific career.
The Likeness of Being: Portraits by Philip Burke
April 10 to September 13, 2015
Burchfield Penny Art Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222