"Icebergs, Cumberland Sound"
Barry Burdeny, "Icebergs, Cumberland Sound," acrylic on board, 24" x 36".
By Amy Karlinsky
Barry Burdeny is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the Slade School in London, but he is a real-life example of the Free Trade Agreement in living colour. His energetic landscapes include locales as vastly different in texture and terrain as Cozumel, Mexico and Pangnirtung, Nunavut, including many sites and vistas in between. The glacial forms of the Arctic coast appeal to his sensibilities as a wandering artist, while the warmth and heat of the Mexican sun make his colours sizzle and pop. He has taken the lessons of abstract expressionism and regional scene painting to heart, combining these styles into robust and romanticized scenes for our pleasure and wonder.
Burdeny embraces colour as the vehicle for his vibrant paintings in acrylic. He works with abstraction, re-surfacing the landscape with his sweeping brushstrokes and is equally adept with realist illusionism. His paintings grace the boardrooms of many corporate collections across Canada. A solo show of Burdeny's new works will be featured this fall at the Birchwood Art Gallery in Winnipeg. The opening reception is Friday, October 10, 2003.