Ren Burke

My artwork is very difficult to classify. I am inspired by the works of Franz Marc, Egon Schiele and Georgia O’Keefe, but graphic illustrators and graffiti artists are also a huge influence.


In school, my studies were focused on painting and drawing. After graduation, time spent working in a bronze art foundry led me to create three-dimensional work as well.  My experience as a patina artist at the foundry has allowed me to meld the colorful aspects of painting with the three-dimensions of sculpture. However, the constant premise of my artwork has always been the subject matter.


Regardless of the medium, animals have always found their way into my art.  An earlier academic interest in zoology and the natural world has translated into my current aesthetic language. I tend to paint with vibrant, fauvist color, but my intention is to remain true to the spirit of my subject. For the most part, my animal subjects are portrayed in a whimsical manner, but without demeaning them.


The rawness and honesty of nature is refreshing to me.

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