About the Artist

Burke Wilford’s oil paintings are a new interpretation of the dynamics of modern abstract expressionism merged with color field artistry.  His paintings are filled with intense colors, complex shapes and layered with introspective themes.  

Wilford’s art work is naturally interactive, and quickly engages viewers in both the emotional and contemplative levels. It has been noted at showings that the viewers are quickly lost in thought and then have an enthusiastic desire to describe what one sees in the expansive and colorful paintings.

Largely self-taught, Wilford moved into the realm of abstract expressionism 11 years ago, building upon the works of the creators of the movement while filling his oil paintings with his own lyrical colors and forms.  By drawing on the influence of the original American Abstract Masters, Wilford chooses the most universal and timeless elements from this genre and presents them with new relevance. 

Wilford’s paintings are large in impact and form, reverberating with movement while balanced with refined brushwork and hidden detail.  Forms from nature – landscapes, flames, floral fields – are sensed within each composition, morphed into bold motifs and vistas.  Wilford states that inspiration from nature continues to drive his work forward with new combinations of colors and archetypal themes.

Wilford credits his inspiration to the early works of Abstract Expressionism founders – Clyfford Still, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Georgia O’Keeffe. He draws influence from their iconic images and expansive fields of color to create his own unique and compelling style of artistry.

Burke’s Fine Art resides near Potomac, Md.