the artist

Charles Burwell

Charles Burwell

Philadelphia, PA

Charles Burwell

Burwell is interested in making visually dense, layered complex paintings.  Through the layering process, the paintings are constructed using dripped lines, geometric and biomorphic shapes, linear and solid forms – most of which are painted using templates he has created over many years.

Purple Vista, the piece that the Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired, and his other recent paintings indirectly refer to the connections between biology, technology, and in a manner the complexities of our information-laden culture.

Burwell is also interested in the transparency of the layering process remaining visible. Viewing the work is being engaged in the act of penetrating the layers and navigating through veils of imagery.  How these images interrelate, their method of construction, the physical and/or visceral perception of these images and how this relates to our understanding of contemporary visuality are issues Burwell likes exploring.

Fast Facts

Name: Charles Burwell

Place of Birth: Henderson, North Carolina

BFA  1977, Temple University, Tyler School of Art
MFA 1979 Yale University, School of Art

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Al Held, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Cramer

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Morris Graves, Cy Twombly, Jack Tworkov, Brice Marden, Arshile Gorky, Pat Steir, Al Held, Pat Adams

Favorite materials or media:
Painting and drawing materials and the computer

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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