Line Dance 3B Burton Kramer

Year
2009
Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
36 × 36 inches
91.4 × 91.4 cm
$6800
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About the Work

Rectangles and squares, large and small in deep rose, sky blue, moss green, light orange, red and light brown, dance across a ground of chocolate brown in this 3 feet square acrylic painting on canvas. The title of the painting refers to line dancing, a choreographed country and western dance with a repeated sequence of steps that a group of people performs in rows. The dancers do not touch. Kramer's precise, yet lively composition reflects the intersection of music, dance, colour and form. Kramer's 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 and 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 and an Honorary Doctorate from Ontario College of Art & Design. His work is in many private and public collections including the Royal Ontario Museum.