Canadian modernist painter Burton Kramer finds inspiration for his work in the lyrical rhythm of music. Geometric shapes—rectangles, squares, and lines in complementary shades of orange, turquoise and hot pink pop against a chocolate brown background. Kramer explores the language of visual forms and sound much like the 20th century European painter Wassily Kandinsky, renowned for his experiments with colour and music.
“My paintings reference dancing feet, jazz, bebop, swing, baroque and folk music, Mozart and multi-layered, complex Haitian drumming. Composition, which is geometry based, provides a structure for the use of colour; the colour adds the actual sounds.” Burton Kramer
He is one of Canada's most influential and gifted graphic designers. He designed 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 named Member of the Order of Canada. His work is held in many private and public collections.