Ric Burkitt [b. 1956, Bendigo, Victoria]
Lives in Stoneville [Perth Hills], Western Australia
www.ricburkittartanddesign.com / @ric_burkitt [Instagram] / RicBurkittstudio [Facebook]
Curtin University of Technology, Bachelor of Fine Art [Distinction], 1992
2017 In The Abstract, NEST. Australian Design Studio, Darlington
2016 Just Add Passion gallery, Stoneville
2016/17 Member of Mundaring Hills Open Studios, exhibiting on one weekend every year, in our private studio spaces
2016 NEST. Australian Design Studio, Darlington
1998 Houghton Winery, Swan Valley
1996 Mundaring Art & Craft gallery
1993 Small Spaces, Graduate Degree Show, Gallery Dusseldorf
1989 West Australian Artists, Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan
Curtin University of Technology
1997— VET sector, teaching graphic design and visual arts, Perth
1986-8 Commercial Art teacher, Karratha College
2018 Finalist: Bluethumb Art Prize
2018 Finalist: Art Lovers Prize
2017 Ellenbrook Art Awards: Highly Commended
Nest. Australian Design Studio, Darlington, Western Australia
I have no strategies when considering subject matter, and often there is no connection between one concept and the next, other than a wish to remain positive, to focus on the good, and be less cynical.
I wander around materials and techniques like a bandit, and ideas come and go in a variety of genres. Today I’m exploring an abstract concept; tomorrow, it might be a figurative work. It doesn’t matter: it’s all relevant to me.
There are ideas lurking in conventional, mundane places and experiences, and I try to inspire them to become something more, to be an acceptable translation of that original vision. Things that we see but don’t always notice can be saturated with aesthetic possibilities: light and shade; form and space; contrast; texture; insight and emotion.
Art, for me, does not provide answers to anything. Its language is mysterious and imprecise, and I am occasionally overwhelmed by the challenges it throws up. And like many artists, I am rarely satisfied with my work, but deliriously happy to be doing it.