Peter Burega

Peter Burega

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Peter Burega
Peter Burega is a self-taught artist, and that learning process is at the core of his work. Burega painted his way through several careers; a piano player, a lawyer and, after that, a television director before finally committing to art full time. All of those previous pursuits—especially music—informs his work and affects how he approaches his art. Like the artist's “past lives,” Burega's work can sometimes appear to be a contradiction. It's development always emerges from conflict, that effervescent energy fighting any attempts at control and creating a certain tension between the grid that he scores onto each of panel and the chaos that abstractive process produces. The spaces where man meets the natural world captivate Peter Burega. His work always begins with photography. Traveling throughout the world, taking thousands of photographs of natural forms, such as waves contrasted with manmade structures like bridges, inspires the artist back in the studio. Creating a matrix using multiple images, Burgea employs his grid system, abstracting and superimposing the images into a single piece. Peter Burega's paintings blend documentation of the real world with the artist's own physically exercised psychology and are often described as containing dualities: organic/linear, manmade/natural, ordered/chaotic, structured/amorphous. He believes that these dualities represent striving for calm and balance in life, and that the juxtaposition of his aggressive, abstractive energy with structured form consistently results in the most successful work. To support his visceral energy, Burgea paints on wood panels of laminate birch with solid alder sides. These strong, stable panels record his additive and subtractive manner of applying and removing paint. The physical and psychological come together in this process, resulting in paintings that can be at once percussive and soothing. Peter Burega is a self-taught artist, and that learning process is at the core of his work. Burega painted his way through several careers; a piano player, a lawyer and, after that, a television director before finally committing to art full time. All of those previous pursuits—especially music—informs his work and affects how he approaches his art. Like the artist's “past lives,” Burega's work can sometimes appear to be a contradiction. It's development always emerges from conflict, that effervescent energy fighting any attempts at control and creating a certain tension between the grid that he scores onto each of panel and the chaos that abstractive process produces. The spaces where man meets the natural world captivate Peter Burega. His work always begins with photography. Traveling throughout the world, taking thousands of photographs of natural forms, such as waves contrasted with manmade structures like bridges, inspires the artist back in the studio. Creating a matrix using multiple images, Burgea employs his grid system, abstracting and superimposing the images into a single piece. Peter Burega's paintings blend documentation of the real world with the artist's own physically exercised psychology and are often described as containing dualities: organic/linear, manmade/natural, ordered/chaotic, structured/amorphous. He believes that these dualities represent striving for calm and balance in life, and that the juxtaposition of his aggressive, abstractive energy with structured form consistently results in the most successful work. To support his visceral energy, Burgea paints on wood panels of laminate birch with solid alder sides. These strong, stable panels record his aggressive and subtractive manner of applying and removing paint. The physical and psychological come together in this process, resulting in paintings that can be at once percussive and soothing.
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