Philip Burke
Brad Pitt Original Oil Painting by Philip Burke
2011

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Philip Burke is the artist who creates the oil paintings that are featured on the covers of Rolling Stone, The New York Observer, The New Yorker, Suddeutcher Zeitung, Vogue, GQ and Time. Most of the original oil paintings are purchased from Burke by the subjects themselves. Photorealism has a few of the original oil paintings that are still available, and this is one of the best of them.

Philip Burke's subjects range from politicos and media personalities, to athletes and musicians. His paintings which regularly appear on the pages of Vanity Fair, The Observer, Time and The New Yorker often reflect a deeper insight into the face depicted on the canvas; getting to the soul of the subject. Burke's caricatures exaggerate features and highlight particular features of his subjects; telling a story within each portrait. Most notably his recent work featuring prominent players in the 2008 election serve as a historical reference: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy and John McCain.
Aside from his broad popularity, Philip Burke is an artist's artist whose work has been repeatedly selected for shows and exhibits by artist's organizations such as Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Design and Society of Newspaper Design. Philip's artwork has been highlighted in several books, including The Savage Mirror in 1993 and Rolling Stone; The Illustrated Portraits in 2000. Perhaps a significant expression of the respect and appreciation for his talent among his peers was demonstrated by the uncharacteristic event of Andy Warhol sitting for Burke to paint his portrait in 1982.
While Burke's subjects run the gamut of celebrity or newsworthy persons and events his highest energy and vibrancy seem to converge on his rock and roll paintings and drawings. Burke, a Buffalo, New York native, recalls, "When I was a teen in Buffalo, I wanted to be a rock star, but I couldn't play any instruments and I was too shy to sing. So, I put my dream into painting and drawing rock stars". This love of rock and roll is richly demonstrated in his works for Rolling Stone magazine where he was the featured artist for seven years.
In 2002, Burke's passion for rock and roll was ensconced in an eight foot guitar on which he depicted Pete Townshend on one side and Shirley Manson on the other. The guitar, which was Rolling Stone's entry into Cleveland's Guitar Mania exhibit, was dubbed "Smash Hit" and displayed upside down, being held by powerful steel arms about to smash it to the floor. The guitar was on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame until it sold at a United Way auction for $30,000. In essence, there's a lot of rock and roll in Philip Burke and a lot of Philip Burke in rock and roll.

His original oil paintings have also been shown in numerous exhibits throughout the world; New York, Beverly Hills, Rome and Tokyo. While Burke is comfortable "live painting"; having created a 12' x 8' mural of his impressions of Florence, Italy and San Francisco, California in front of thousands of observers, many of his paintings and drawings focus on the face of a single subject for which he may do 20, 30 even 100 sketches before he catches the spirit of the subject as he envisions it.
With each painting Burke creates a stimulus explosion, uncovering the attitude and emotion of his subject. Leaving nothing out, he works wholeheartedly, painting intensely and vigorously, making sure to capture his subject's psyche or aura. Burke works on a deeper, internal and spiritual level, seeing in his subjects what others may not. It's easy to see why many of his subjects have Burke's creations of themselves hanging on the walls of their homes.

Wiki: Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories and received three further Academy Award nominations, winning one, as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment.

Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Thelma & Louise (1991). His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the dramas A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994), and Interview with the Vampire (1994). He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys (both 1995), the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club (1999) and the major international hit Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). His greatest commercial successes have been Troy (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and World War Z (2013). Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Moneyball (2011). He produced The Departed (2006) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and also The Tree of Life, Moneyball, and The Big Short (2015), all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.

As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry, as well as the world's most attractive man, by various media outlets. His personal life is also the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married for five years, he has been married to actress Angelina Jolie since 2014. They have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    60 in. H x 48 in. W x 2 in. D
  • Seller Location
    Boca Raton, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU5041100663
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