Michael Burges

Lives and works in Germany.

“It has always been one of the prime targets of painting to transcend the image, to create a pictorial autonomy beyond depiction, to create a kind of space which opens the door to dimensions behind colour, brushwork and motif. The essential flatness of painting – painting is, basically, nothing but a surface changed by colour – may be accepted, or it may be seen as an obstacle to overcome to conjure up images in the viewers’ heads.

The invention of central perspective served this purpose, but also the various uses of colour, like the golden background in medieval painting, which indicated a transcendental view. The same way, later, colour as such was employed: Wolfgang Schoene, in his book on light in painting (Ueber das Licht in der Malerei), spoke about the “transcendental shining light” we know, for instance, from Gruenewald’s “Rising Christ”. There, colour is not a representation of physical light, but of transcendence. Baroque ceilings blurred the passage from the third to the second dimension and back, when a painted putto stretched a three-dimensional leg into space, thus making an exact location of the imagery impossible. But illusion, still, was always present as a painted illusion.”

Excerpt from: A NEW DIMENSION IN PAINTING – THE ‘VIRTUAL SPACE PAINTINGS’ OF MICHAEL BURGES – By Charles Rump

Some Work Examples:

©Michael Burges     Reverse Glass Painting, Acrylic, Plexi , Aluminum, 70.9x59"

©Michael Burges – Reverse Glass Painting, Acrylic, Plexi , Aluminum, 70.9×59″

 

©Michael Burges     Reverse Glass Painting, Acrylic, Plexi , Aluminum, 70.9x59"

©Michael Burges – Reverse Glass Painting, Acrylic, Plexi , Aluminum, 70.9×59″

 

©Michael Burges     Reverse Glass Painting, Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Plexi , Aluminum, 70.9x59"

©Michael Burges – Reverse Glass Painting, Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Plexi, Aluminum, 70.9×59″

 

©Michael Burges, CESM Painting, Oil on Wood, 180x150cm

©Michael Burges – CESM Painting 1996, Oil on Wood,
70.9×59″

 

©Michael Burges Bhavanga Sota Painting, Oil on Canvas, 71x59"

©Michael Burges – Bhavanga Sota Painting,1999,
Oil on Canvas, 71×59″

 

©Michael Burges - Refraction Painting, Oil on Wood

©Michael Burges – Hybrid Painting 1997, 50×38″,Oil on Wood

 

©Michael Burges - Refraction Painting, 2001, Oil on Wood, 70x50cm

©Michael Burges – Refraction Painting, 2001,
Oil on Wood, 28×20″

 

 

Exhibition (Selection)

2013
•    OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art,
Huntington Beach/Los Angeles, USA
2012
•    Gold – Silver – Copper,
with Herbert Mehler (Sculpture),
Galerie Pascal Janssens,
Ghent, Belgium
•    Gold – Silver – Copper,
with Herbert Mehler (Sculpture),
Galerie LandskronSchneidzik,
Nuremberg
•    Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke,
Paris, France
2011
•    Reverse Glass Paintings,
Lausberg Contemporary,
Toronto, Canada
•    Reverse Glass Painting,
Galerie Lucien Schweitzer,
Luxembourg
•    Reverse Glass Painting,
Galerie Winter,
Wiesbaden
•    Impact of Colours,
Galerie Lausberg,
Duesseldorf
2010
•    Reverse Glass Painting,
Lausberg Contemporary,
Miami, USA
2009
•    Reverse Glass Painting,
Gallery Pascal Janssens,
Ghent, Belgium
•    Gallery Landskron Schneidzik,
Nuremberg
•    Paintings 2003 – 2008,>
Gallery Pascal Vanhoecke,
Paris, France
2008
•    Michael Burges 2002 – 2008,
Leeahn Gallery,
Daegu, Korea
•    Hinterglasmalerei,
Gallery art felchlin,
Zurich, Switzerland
•    Reverse Glass Paintings,
Gallery Winter, Wiesbaden
•    Gallery Harthan, Stuttgart
•    12 Abstract Paintings,
OMC Gallery Huntington Beach, USA
•    Reverse Glass Paintings-
Virtual Space Works,
Gallery Noack, Moenchengladbach
2007
•    Inside the matter,
Gallery Heinz Holtmann, Cologne
•    Reverse Glass Paintings,
Lausberg Contemporary,
Toronto, Canada
•    Farbe, Raum, Energie,
Moenchehaus Museum, Goslar
•    Espaces transitoires,
Gallery Pascal Vanhoecke,
Paris, France
2006
•    Virtuality, Light and Space,
Gallery Bernd Lausberg,
Duesseldorf
•    Seven Pillars, MalereiSkulptur
with Thomas Schoenauer,
SAS Radisson Hotel,
Media Harbour Duesseldorf
•    Materie, Energie und Raum,
Gallery Winter, Wiesbaden
•    States of Mind/States of Matter,
Installations of paintings,
Pier 1 Lobby, Duisburg Harbour
2005
•    Monos Art Gallery,
Liège, Belgium
•    Neue Arbeiten,
Gallery Angelika Harthan,
Stuttgart
2004
•    Peinture-sculpture,
with Thomas Schoenauer,
Gallery Pascal Vanhoecke,
Paris, France
•    Painting,
Schoeni Art Gallery,
Hongkong
•    Virtual Space Works,
Gallery Heinz Holtmann, Cologne
2003
•    Gallery von Braunbehrens,
Munich
2002
•    Neue Arbeiten,
Gallery Angelika Harthan,
Stuttgart
•    Matter, Energy and Space,
Gallery Lea Gredt,
Luxembourg
2001
•    Recent Works,
Gallery Heinz Holtmann, Cologne
•    Selected Works 1996-2000,
Staedtische Galerie Gladbeck
•    Space Metronome I/II,
Installation of paintings,
Ensemble/Telekom, Bonn
•    Neue Arbeiten,
Gallery Angelika Harthan,
Stuttgart
•    Peinture,
Gallery Lea Gredt,
Luxembourg
•    States of Mind/States of Matter I/II,
Installation of paintings,
New Epileptology, 
Medical University of Bonn
1998
•    Selected Works 1990-1998,
Kunst aus NRW,
ehemalige Reichsabtei,
Aachen-Kornelimuenster
•    Paintings,
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne
1997
•    Paintings,
Gallery Alexander Sies,
Duesseldorf
•    Gallery Angelika Harthan,
Stuttgart
•    Gallery Heinz Holtmann, Berlin
1996
•    Malerei,
Gallery Heinz Holtmann, Cologne
1995
•    Malerei,
Museum Folkwang, Essen
•    Malerei,
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

 

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