Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chris Burkholder; friend and artist

I love the work of Chris Burkholder. He can paint a plank of wood like no one else. He takes photorealism to a whole new level. He also has the honor of being my uncle's best friend. He recently decided to give his art to the world via the internet and opened his first online store. Check out the recent work for sale here.

Chris Burkholder was born in Ohio in 1952 and grew up in Houston, TX. He attended Angelina College in Lufkin, TX on a basketball scholarship, but is primarily self-taught as an artist. He left college to work in the studio of Ancel Nunn in Palestine, TX and in 1972 set up a studio and residence in Pennington, a small east Texas community in the midst of Davy Crockett National Forest, where he still maintains a studio. He lives in The Woodlands, TX with his wife Janice and their two daughters.

Evidence of his concentration on his art is the fact that since college his art has also been his livelihood. Early in his career he won numerous awards in open shows throughout Texas and Louisiana, and in 1977 was honored with a one-man show at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA. In September 1990 he had his seventh one-man show at Harris Gallery in Houston, TX where he has been represented since 1978. he is also represented by Still-Zinsel Contemporary Fine Art in New Orleans, LA; Novus Gallery in Atlanta; JoAnne Chappel Gallery in San Francisco; Markel Sears in New York, NY & Perry Nicole Fine Art in Memphis, TN
bio taken from perry nicole fine art

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