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Philip Burke
Lennon - Keith 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 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 Most notably his recent work featuring prominent players in the 2008 election serve as a historical reference: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy and John McCain.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. Article by James Fink in Buffalo Business First Original paintings by noted artist Philip Burke will be used to help raise funds for Artpark’s “Rock Workshop Program.” The Buffalo-born Burke will create from at least four summer shows at the Lewiston arts and entertainment venue will be raffled off to help with the “Rock Workshop Program” that aids teen-aged musicians. Enlarge Burke will paint portraits of the Barenaked Ladies during the band’s June 14 show as well as of Blue Rodeo (June 21), the Band Perry (July 5) and Ben Folds (July 13). More Philip Burke live painting events may also be announced through the new partnership. Burke will paint the portraits while sitting near the edge of the Artpark stage. Raffle tickets at $10 each in advance and during the shows. Winning tickets will be announced after each show. Burke’s works have appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Time and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Typically, his portraits sell with starting prices of $80,000 or more. Philip Burke is amongst America's most renowned caricaturists such as Achille Suberbi, Al Hirschfeld, Andrew Vanderkarr, Anwar the Artist, David Levine, Don Pinsent, Drew Struzan, Ed Steckley, Gogue, Ismael Roldan, Jan Op De Beeck, Jean Mulatier, Joe Bluhm, Mort Drucker, Omar Figueroa Turcios, Paddy Boehm, Red Rhino, Rich Conley Sebastian Kruger, Steve Brodner and Tom Richmond.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 48 in. x W 60 in. x D 2 in.

    H 121.92 cm x W 152.4 cm x D 5.08 cm

  • Gallery location
    Boca Raton, FL
  • Reference number
    LU5041103523
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    Photorealism Philip Burke John Lennon Keith Richards

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