The Big Guy Dances by Burton Kramer

Acrylic on Panel
36 × 24 inches
91.44 × 60.96 cm
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A staccato of small squares, rectangles and fine horizontal and vertical lines in cerise, orange, greens, yellow and pink, dance across a steel blue square on very light blue ground in this acrylic painting on panel. This geometric, yet lively composition reflects the intersection of dance and movement, music, colour and form. 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. Kramer 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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