Joseph Burchfield
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
543 Union Street
Studio # 4B


Artist Bio:
Group Shows
2018 BWAC Color - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Juror: Marcela Guerrero
2017 Gowanus Open Studios
2016 Gowanus Open Studios
2015 BWAC Wide Open 6 - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
Juror: Rojeko Hockley
2012 Brooklyn Museum - GO: a community-curated open studio project
2012 Marblehead Arts Assoc.
1996 Small Works Show - Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York City
1978 "Boerum Hill Artists" - Brooklyn, Museum
1978 Roy G. Biv, LTD - West 19th Street, New York City

Solo Shows
1993 "Drawing Color" - Walker's
North Moore and Varick Street, New York City

Scholarship Award
Provincetown Workshop of Victor Kandel and Leo Manso
Provincetown, MA

University of Missouri
The Cooper Union, New York City - BFA Painting & Sculpture

Lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York

Artist Statement:
Essential Objectivity in Painting as a Historical Modernist

Painting and the objective world combine with drawing and color to create a simultaneous awareness of feeling and subjectivity that unifies each work's experience for the viewer. Drawing, color and the historic legacy of art are ideas that transfer observations into a meaningful viewpoint which arouse personal sensations about the world. Creating a record of interpreting these objective physical sensations in a painting provides me with the improvisational choices needed to drive innovation and change. This action lets invention be in the service of composition, forming a relation between drawing, color and observation.

Observation, representation, and perception equals creation, bringing together both the actual and one's imagination. Understanding made out of drawing with color.

Why do I continue to paint scenes from the objective world? Because of the over whelming beauty of the world around us: people, places and things elicit this strong response to share this experience.

A sketch any time
is dandy and fine.
A drawing is great
with color and paint.
And stories are best
for dreaming the rest.
For me there's no
Drips, Drops, Doodles or Dribbles.
Spills, Smears, Scrawls or Scribbles.

It's where you draw the line.

All images and text copyright Joseph Burchfield