Bourée 2BAA2

More Works By Burton Kramer Acrylic on Panel 2021
36 × 36 in 91.44 × 91.44 cm

About Bourée 2BAA2

This lively graphic contemporary composition was painted by Burton Kramer, internationally renowned as a fine graphic designer. Kramer now expresses his modernist and minimalist aesthetic in his artwork. Rendered in vivid colours of blue, orange, red, green, pink, yellow, and red against a neutral gray backdrop, squares, triangles, lines, and rectangles appear as notes dancing in rhythm. The Canadian artist often names his pieces after musical terms. A bourrée is a piece of music that is composed in the rhythm of a traditional French dance.

“To be a Modernist is to not rely on the solutions and stylistic quirkiness of the past, but to become part of creating an idiom of today and tomorrow.” Burton Kramer

“They are delightfully boppy creations, referencing music, certainly, perhaps even channelling a bit of Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie. One can easily spend quite a bit of time looking at and thinking about Kramer’s colour choices and relationships; this is work created by a master who has spent a lifetime working with these means.” Liz Wylie, Curator Kelowna Art Gallery

Burton Kramer was born in New York City in 1932. He is renowned for designing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo in 1974. Kramer trained at Yale University (MFA), The Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology (BSc), The Royal College of Art, London (Fulbright Scholar) and The State University of New York. Kramer has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Arts Ontario, The Order of Ontario by the Province, an Honorary Doctorate from Ontario College of Art & Design and was named a Member of the Order of Canada. His work has been exhibited in galleries internationally and is held in many private and public collections.