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Drew Burnham, "Sundown Side, Kayak Camp", 2012
Drew Burnham, "Sundown Side, Kayak Camp", 2012, acrylic on canvas, 37.75” x 47.25”
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Drew Burnham, "Spring Thaw, Nicolum River", 2012
Drew Burnham, "Spring Thaw, Nicolum River", 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40” x 52”
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Drew Burnham, "Dinner on Sechelt Inlet", 2012
Drew Burnham, Dinner on Sechelt Inlet, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 32” x 48”
Bau-Xi Gallery – $7,000 to $20,000
By Maureen Latta
Drew Burnham’s paintings feature all the elements of the Western Canadian landscape – rivers, rocks, trees, mountains and boats. But Burnham also captures the ephemeral qualities of wind and energy, the breath of forests, and what he calls “a living identity, a soul or, minimally, a piece of the driving force which puts the universe together.” In the spirit of Emily Carr and so many West Coast painters since, this North Vancouver artist pays respect to the “living rights” of things usually considered inanimate.
At the Bau-Xi, which has shown his work a dozen times in recent decades, Burnham is a sought-after artist who generates excitement among clients. Riko Nakasone, director of the Vancouver gallery, says Burnham’s last half dozen shows have sold out and she expects his next will as well.
Burnham has been exhibiting since 1965 and is represented in many private and corporate collections. He trained with leading Canadian artist Toni Onley and studied at the Vancouver School of Art and the University of Victoria. His subject matter shifted from urban street scenes to coastal landscapes following a boat trip to Princess Louisa Inlet, a granite-walled gorge on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver. “That body of work bowled us over the minute he brought it in to the gallery,” Nakasone says. “It was like magic. Our clients recognized it was magical too.”
Burnham says he listens to each painting as he works. “It tells me what it’s trying to do. I hope viewers get a feeling of something alive going on there.”