Erik Burke (b. 1978) lives in Reno, NV and creates place-specific murals throughout the world. His latest work can be seen in Bosnia, S. Korea, Italy, and closer to home in Reno. His work has been published in the book ‘Street Art; The Best Urban Art from Around the World’, ‘Outdoor Gallery’, The Huffington Post, Village Voice, and the NYTimes. He enjoys time with his family and living where there are NO mosquitos.
My explorative nature has taken me to places surreal and commonplace. I use these opportunities to learn from our built environment, and the people and history that make them unique. I believe painting and traveling inform one another. Painting in public allows me an admission to transcend tourism and explore citizenship. It begins a dialogue with these places, and more so, the people that make them unique. Collaborations in this regard are personally authentic and invaluable while seeming to be a catalyst for direct community action.
My paintings reflect a deep interest in storytelling and the narrative power of images to reactivate space. Through a culmination of iconography, portraiture, ecology, and the creative use of urban spaces I hope to tell the untold. Or at least unravel it a bit.
Past works have included making a 40 acre ground drawing in the USA, bicycling from Portugal to Denmark while camping and creating work for kickstarter supporters of the trip, and seeking out weathered and decommissioned spaces for wheat pastes and murals. Throughout that time I have continually returned to the inspiration of geography and identifying a sense of place.
Once it was my goal to bring art from the pedestal to the people. Now I just try to remember to take the oil bars out of my pockets before doing laundry. I am an American painter and geography is my muse.