Island artist Brian Burke—Submitted by Judith Scherer

About Brian Burke

Book launch and screening of documentary

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The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) will be hosting two events this month to celebrate its current retrospective exhibition on prolific PEI painter Brian Burke.

On December 4 at noon, a free screening will be held of Island filmmaker Brian Pollard’s Figure in a Landscape, a 25-minute documentary about Burke that features scenes from his PEI studio and opening receptions of his exhibitions in San Francisco and New York City.

On December 12 at 7 pm, the public is invited to a book launch and film screening. Enjoy refreshments and a cash bar as CCAG launches the exhibition catalogue Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective with essays by Judith Scherer, Robert Slifkin, Heinz Stahlhut, and Pan Wendt.

Then, take a look behind Burke’s 2004–05 portrait series MANY YEARS LATER in Pollard’s 45-minute documentary co-produced by William Harrington, also titled Many Years Later. The film features interviews with Burke and the subjects of these paintings, the artist’s friends, who, in the late 1960s, were part of the teenage social scene that frequented the Basilica Recreation Centre in Charlottetown.

Burke’s paintings are characterized by a challenging intensity and dark wit, focusing on the human figure, and addressing existential themes of isolation, alienation, as well as broader social and political questions. The artist died in 2017, leaving behind an unforgettable visual legacy.

Predicaments: Brian Burke, a Retrospective is exhibiting in the CCAG until January 5, 2020. It features over 117 pieces loaned by galleries and private collections all around the world, including several pieces from the Gallery’s own permanent collection.