Philip Burke Portrait Painting - Ke$ha Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Original Oil Painting
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Philip Burke
Ke$ha Rolling Stone Magazine Cover Original Oil Painting

2016

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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. Philip Burke's original oil painting of Ke$ha is one of the most famous paintings of her, and evokes the close relationship the artist has with the singer. From Wikipedia Kesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha (formerly stylized as Ke$ha), is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe Records. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida's number-one single "Right Round". Her debut album, Animal, and her first extended play, Cannibal, were released in 2010. Kesha's music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the United States. She also achieved two number-one singles, "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R", and a string of top-ten singles from the album and its re-release. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, including "Till the World Ends" for Britney Spears. Warrior, her second studio album, was released in December 2012, spawning Kesha's eighth top-ten single with "Die Young", and her ninth and tenth Top 40 hits with C'Mon and Crazy Kids. "Tik Tok" is among the best-selling digital singles in history, selling over 14 million units internationally. Influenced by various genres and artists, Kesha primarily draws inspiration from music of the 1980s; Madonna, Queen, and Beck have been cited as instrumental to her music. After experimenting with country, pop rock, and electronic music, Kesha stuck with the latter. Thematically, her music generally revolves around escapism, partying, individuality, supernatural moments, rebellion, and grief. Kesha has been involved with animal rights and LGBT activism. She has received several awards and nominations, including her win for MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010. As of November 2013, she has reportedly sold over 33 million records (albums, tracks, and ringtones) in the United States and 60 million records worldwide. Philip Burke is amongst America's most renowned caricaturists. Philip's paintings appear regularly on the covers of Vanity Fair, The New York Observer (owned by the son-in-law of Donald Trump), Time Magazine and The New Yorker. They 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 $30,000.00. 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.

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  • Dimensions
    H 60 in. x W 48 in. x D 2 in.H 152.4 cm x W 121.92 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Boca Raton, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU5041103513
  • Seller Reference Number
    Photorealism Philip Burke Ke$ha
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