Deborah Brisker Burk

about the artist

About the Artiast

      Artist’s statement       

Deborah Brisker Burk

     “I feel energized from creating art, the process gets my blood flowing, my heart pumped and my mind engaged. Jumping in the river of life, in the now, is how I experience the act of painting, collaging and drawing. Paradoxically, although my art is personal, my own natural vision, simultaneously, I become connected to all creators, past and present when my hand, mind and vision are working in concert.

     My process begins with an idea or reaction to a feeling, culled from experiences, or a response to a visual in my mind. Throughout the process, I check to see if the work is reflecting my selected intention. Often, I work on several bodies of work concurrently. Various bodies of work influence and inform each other; often they cross-pollinate. My series on paper is mixed media work which captures the human figure in movement, color and line. My “Stream of Consciousness” series on canvas catalogues the figure on the edge of abstraction, emerging from my thoughts, dreams and the images distilled from my work on paper. The work is made up of mixed media paint, caran d’ache, oil pastel, charcoal, pure pigment and sometimes includes collage. Another series, “Exploration of Possibilities” is pure abstraction on canvas portrayed in heightened texture, line, and color. In this series, I search for the “right” marks and spaces, and line to express my feeling about an envisioned place or set of feelings which exist in my mind.

    I use different platforms, whether figurative or pure abstract, as a tool for expressing my lifetime love affair with color, both bright and muted, attentive mark making and texture and form. Being in the moment…extending time of that moment and developing my explorations through sustained study keeps my work alive and fresh for me.”

Short Bio:
    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 Parish Gallery, a top ten gallery in Washington D.C., The Charles Sumner Museum, Har Shalom Gallery and The Framer’s Choice and inclusion in Zenith Gallery. Currently, Ms. Burk work may be seen at: Philip Morton Gallery, where she had a solo exhibit summer, 2013 and Gallery 50 in Rehoboth, Delaware.

     Ms. Burk earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in art from GWU. Her recent Zenith Gallery exhibit has 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, Gazette and 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., Europe, North America, Australia and Russia."