Bill Burke

20.03.2012 in22:06 in Documentary -->


Bill Burke was born in 1943 and received both his BFA and MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. His works are in many museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and many others. Burke received five National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship.  After The Kentucky project, Bill concentrated his photographic efforts in Indochina for the better part of 20 years. A number of books came out of his time in Asia: I Want To Take Picture, Mine Fields and Autrefois Maison Privee. Most recently, Bill completed a project entitled DESTRUKTO which pokes fun at the contemporary art scene while paying tribute to Hunter S Thompson, Ant Farm,  Andy Warhol, and Robert Capa. He lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts where he is an instructor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 


As a student at Nelson College, Bill began drawing in pencil, and pen and ink, holding his first exhibition as a Nelson Artist at the age of 19. Many of his following originals were produced in watercolour and pastel. Now he predominately paints in oils on canvas, wonderfully recording New Zealand’s unique light and vibrant colours.