ARTIST STATEMENT

My artwork explores the dissolution of material and figurative imagery, depicting the abstract essence and energy of life. I draw inspiration from my art historical studies including non-western art as well as Abstract Expressionism.  My recent work focuses on process and physicality of paint.  The repetitious layering of, taking away, and re-application of color underneath automatic scrawling, scratching and mark-making express my inner psyche – the way I think about myself and the world around me.  Sometimes this is rough and harsh, and sometimes it is gentle and loving.  I use curvilinear shapes juxtaposed by straight edges or hard lines to depict the opposing forces in life.

I received my B.F.A. in painting and art history from Siena Heights University in 2007.  I have been exhibiting my artwork throughout southeast MI for several years.

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Listen to Kelly's interview on her life and work as an artist on the Non-Members Podcast HERE.


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Kelly Burke's paintings compliment any space including homes, offices, corporate spaces, dining spaces, schools and many more!  To inquire into a painting, request a commissioned piece, or schedule a *studio visit, please go here.

HER PAINTINGS ARE CURRENTLY HOUSED IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN NEW YORK, SAN FRANSISCO, MILWAUKEE, AND VARIOUS BUSINESSES, PRIVATE PRACTICES, AND PRIVATE RESIDENSCIES ACROSS METRO AND DOWTOWN DETROIT INCLUDING THE WESTIN BOOK CADILLAC HOTEL.

*Serious collectors of original artworks are invited to schedule an appointment at Burke's private live/work studio.


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Curriculum Vitae:

Education:

2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts

Art History with a Concentration in Studio Painting
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Selected Collections:

The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
Detroit, MI

Molina Healthcare
Troy, MI


Exhibitions:


Solo Show - Kelly Burke
Mix Gallery
Ypsilanti, MI
March 3rd - March 29th, 2016

2-D Best of Art Walk 2016
Juried Exhibition showcasing the jurors' and public votes for Best 2-D works
Artwork "She is All Around Us" given "Honorable Mention" award in painting category by Jurors.
Grand Haven Art Walk 2016
Armory Art Center
Grand Haven, MI
October 10th - November 30th, 2016.

Onomatopoetic:  Music Made Visible
Juried Exhibition
Mix Gallery
Ypsilanti, MI
September 1st - September 30th, 2016

Grand Haven Art Walk 2016
Downtown Grand Haven, MI
September 21st - October 9th, 2016


Detroit Artists Market 2016 Annual Garden Party and Art Sale
June 18th 4-8pm
Residence of Constantine George Pappas in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Group Exhibit
Ann Arbor Women Artists Board Art Show
May 18th - June 17th, 2016
Willis Ward Lounge, University of Michigan Union


Solo Exhibit

Bona Sera Restaurant
May 1st thru May 31st, 2016
Ypsilanti, MI

Group Exhibit
Chelsea Underground Art Gallery
Ongoing exhibit
Chelsea, MI

Mix Gallery Group Show
Juried Exhibition
April 1st thru April 30th, 2016
Mix Gallery
Ypsilanti, MI

Fourth Annual Venus Rising: All Women Art Exhibition
Juried Exhibition
March 19th - 20th, 2016
Tangent Gallery
Detroit, MI

Never Not Broken
Juried Exhibition
March 11th - 26th, 2016
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, MI

Przm.com interview:  5 Questions for Kelly Burke; Opposing Forces in Nature
November 2015
Read the Article Here

117 Holiday Shop at the Ann Arbor Art Center

November 13th - December XX 2015
Gallery 117
Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, MI

Two - person show
2015 Alumni Exhibit and Visiting Artist
October 1st - 29th, 2015
Klemm Gallery
Siena Heights University
Adrian, MI

Things Feel Heavy
July 3rd, 2015
Tangent Gallery
Detroit, MI

Papa's Art Show
May 8th, 2015
Tangent Gallery
Detroit, MI
   

December 2014 - July 2015
Paintings by Dennis Spencer and Kelly Papcun
Howell  Chamber of Commerce
Howell, MI

Ongoing
October 2013 - present
Poesy Gallery / Boutique
Royal Oak, MI

Solo Exhibition
March - April 2015
DaVinci's Salon and Gallery
Ann Arbor, MI

Biggest Show Ever at the Dancing Dog Gallery!
July - August 2014
Dancing Dog Gallery
Ann Arbor, MI

Art for the Holidays 
November - December 2013
Detroit Artists Market
Detroit, MI

Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth
July 2013
Ann Arbor, MI

Art for the Holidays 
November - December 2012
Detroit Artists Market
Detroit, MI

Solo Exhibition during downtown Adrian's First Fridays
September - October 2012
Alahna Studio Salon
Adrian, MI

The Local Bazaar
August 2012
The Blind Pig
Ann Arbor, MI

Holiday Gift Shop
November - December 2009
Grosse Pointe Art Gallery
Grosse Pointe, MI

Art for the Holidays
November - December 2009
Detroit Artists Market
Detroit, MI 

Group Exhibition
Summer 2008
Amber Eyes Gallery
Belleville, MI

Group Exhibition
Amber Eyes Gallery
Summer 2008
Belleville, MI

Group Exhibition
Summer 2007
Bodifikation Tattoos, Piercing and Art Gallery
Allan Park, MI

Unfiltered II: An exhibit for artists outside the mainstream
Summer 2007
Octane Phoographic Gallery
Ferndale, MI

Motion and its Effects
Summer 2007
Scene Metrospace Gallery
East Lansing, MI

Printmaking Group Exhibition, Curated by Chris Reising
Summer 2007
Wacker Gallery
Tecumseh, MI

Solo Exhibition
Dissolution / Solution
February 2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts Solo Exhibition
Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University
Adrian, MI

Accompanying Art History Slide Lecture:  The Chinese Image of Guanyin in Mahayana and Chan Buddhism
Studio Angelico, Siena Heights University

Publications:

Podcast Interview :  The Non-Members Podcast: Kelly Burke - Abstract Expressionist Painter.  Janurary 30th, 2017. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

"Alpha" painting featured in  Eclipse; A Journal of Literature and the Fine Arts - Alumae Edition, October 2016.


Przm.com interview:  5 Questions for Kelly Burke; Opposing Forces in Nature
November 2015
Read the Article Here

"Migrating Butterflies" Poem in Eclipse; A Journal of Literature and the Fine Arts, 2004


Organizations:

Ann Arbor Women Artists

Non-Juried Exhibitions Coordinator
April 2016 - present

Visual Artists Society
Administration
Siena Heights University
2003-2007