Fugue #2 Burton Kramer

Year
2017
Medium
Acrylic on Panel
Size
36 × 72 inches
91.44 × 182.88 cm
$10200
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Slim vertical bands of lime green, sky blue, turquoise, pink and cerise repeat in a mirrored pattern and appear optically to move back and forth on the violet and maroon ground. The precise, yet lively composition of this painting reflects the intersection of music, colour and form. The title Fugue refers to a musical composition in which themes are repeated and imitated by continuous vocal parts. Kramer has commented that his lyrical abstractions "do not abstract the experience of reality, as we know it. They provide the viewer with an alternate for reality, just as music often does." Like 20th century European painter Wassily Kandinsky, renowned for his experiments with synesthesia of color and music, Kramer explores the language of visual forms and sound. 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. He gained international success with a number of group and solo exhibitions in North America and Europe. He is one of Canada's most influential graphic designers. Notably, Kramer designed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo in 1974. In 1999, Kramer received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Arts Ontario and in 2002 was awarded The Order of Ontario by the Province and an Honorary Doctorate from Ontario College of Art & Design. His work is in many private and public collections including the Royal Ontario Museum.

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