In the current work I have stripped away figurative narrative and focussed on the abstract elements that make a painting. I am interested in finding a balance between fields of colour in terms of quantity and intensity, but also at the edges where colours meet.

These compositions are structures made from blocks of colour,’ stackings’, building blocks continuously revised in the process of painting.  There are no preconceived plans for these works: I need a starting point (for example, an exploration of different pigments of blue), an environment to work in and respond to (currently the studios in Benalla), and emotional baggage to fuel the creative process.

The darks in the works are there to create contrast, drama and intensity. They are a reflection on, or response to, emotions and feelings at that time; but subjective expression is mannered by an objective endeavour to find resolution within the painting.

Being an artist is a continuous process of challenging one’s visual language, of reinventing one’s art, of looking for new ways to express oneself. I am looking for images that make a statement, that declare an irrefutable right to exist.  I am looking for paintings that surprise me.

Frank Burgers, 2021

VIEW SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS

FRANK BURGERS

Born 1965, Rotterdam, NetherlandS

EDUCATION

1999 – Graduate Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne

1993 – 1994 – Associate Diploma of Arts (Wood Design), Box Hill College of TAFE

1984 – 1986 – Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), Ballarat College of Advanced Education

EXHIBITIONS

2021 – ‘Northern Abstraction’, Benalla Art Gallery.

2021 –  ‘Untitled’. Art Gallery on Ovens, Wangaratta.

2020 – ‘Blue’. Bushgatherings Gallery, Violet Town.

2017 – ‘Cataract Gorge Abstracts’, Wangaratta Performing Arts Foyer.

2016 –  ‘Return by Fire’, Art Space Wodonga

2015 – ‘Looking back before the next show’, Cathy Oddie Contemporary Art Space, Wangaratta.

2014 –  ‘She makes things, he just paints’, Elvery Fine Art Gallery, Chiltern.

2010 – ‘Key’ Pivotal Galleries, Richmond

2008 – (July) ‘The revolving door’ Albury Regional Art Gallery NSW.

2008 – (March) ‘Frank Burgers’ Pivotal Gallery, Richmond.

2007 – ‘A Pretty Mocking’, Wodonga Art Space, Wodonga.

2003 – ‘25 Gouaches’, Café Chiaro, Bright.

1995 – ‘Arks and Archetypes’, CASspace Windows, 546-564 Collins Street, Melbourne.

1990 – ‘One Man Show’, Joan Gough Studio Gallery, South Yarra.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018- 2020 – North East Artisans, Benalla

2014 – Sawtooth Gallery, Launceston,

2013 – Improvisations – 6 artists, 6 songs’. Wangaratta Art Gallery

2013 – 2015 – Trinity College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award, Albury.

2013 – GANEA ‘Across the Arts’, Wangaratta Art Gallery

2012 – ‘A Child could do it’, Albury Art Gallery

2011 – ‘Mining the Archives’, Albury Art Gallery

2011 – Creating our Tomorrow’, Wangaratta Art Gallery

2011 – ‘Paintworks’, Wangaratta Art Gallery

2012, 2013, 2014 – Myrtleford Acquisitive Art Prize

2010 – ‘One for the Road’, final exhibition Pivotal Galleries, Richmond

2010 – ‘Warming up’, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery

GIGS Art gallery, Wodonga, ongoing.

2009. 2007 – Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery

2009 – ‘Figure 1’, Pivotal Galleries, Richmond

2005 ongoing – Arts Wodonga Hume Building Society Acquisitive art Award

2006 – The Fleming Muntz Art Prize, Albury Regional Art Gallery.

2006 – 2007 – ’20 perspectives’ Dinner Plain Village

2005 – ‘The memory project’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery.

2005 – ‘Self Portrait Award exhibition,2005’, Artholes Gallery, Fitzroy.

2005 – ‘Those who can Teach’, Wodonga

2002, 2003, 2005 – Wangaratta Jazz Art Award

1996 – Linden Galleries, St Kilda

1995 – ROAR 2, Fitzroy

1995 – Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery (Works on Paper Acquisitive Exhibition)

1993 – Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery

1993 – NAVA Windows, City Square, Melbourne

1992 – ‘ARTSPOST’, Ballarat Artist Co-op Gallery

1989 – 1999 – Contemporary Art Society of Victoria

 

 

AWARDS

2019 – Sahres Art Prize for Portraiture, ‘In Your Face’, NEA Benalla, Judge: Deborah Halpern

2016 – Grant Prize, King’s Valley Art Prize, Whitfield, Judge: Dianne Mangan

2015 – Trinity College Acquisitive Art Award, Trinity Anglican College, Albury. Judges: Simone Nolan, Gaye Pattison, Steven O’Connor

2006 – Fleming Muntz Albury Art Prize,Albury regional Art Gallery. Judges: Raymond Arnold, Rita Lazauskas.

2002 – Wangaratta Jazz-Art 2002 Award, Wangaratta exhibitions Gallery. Judges: Jo Briscomb, Jason Hugonnet

1994 – ‘Award for Sculpture’, Victorian Woodworkers Association,Judges; Jenny Zimmer, John McLennon, Simon Lloyd.

1993 – ‘Highly Commended’, CAS Inc Annual Exhibition. Judge; Ron Robertson-Swan.

1989 – ‘First Prize’, Eckersleys Award, Judge; Ken Scarlet

COLLECTIONS

Albury Art Gallery, Wodonga Hilltop Cancer Care Accommodation,Trinity Anglican College Albury, DalZotto Wines, private collections

PUBLICATIONS

‘Mining the Archives’, Illustrated room brochuresAlbury Art Gallery, 2011

‘The Revolving Door,’ with essay by Dianne Mangan, Albury Regional Art Gallery, 2008

Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Illustrated Catalogue, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, 2009, 2007

‘The Memory Project’  Catalogue, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery

 

APPOINTMENTS

2014 – Artist in Residence, King’s Bridge Cottage, Launceston

2012 – Judge, Wangaratta Jazz Art Award

Frank Burgers, Stack 2020 oil on linen 40x30cm
Frank Burgers, Stack 2020 oil on linen 40x30cm
Frank Burgers, Raw State - Blue and Red, 2020, oil on linen on MDF, 30x24cm
Frank Burgers, Raw State - Blue and Red, 2020, oil on linen on MDF, 30x24cm
Frank Burgers, 2020, First Construction, oil on linen, 31 x 61 cm
Frank Burgers, 2020, First Construction, oil on linen, 31 x 61 cm
Frank Burgers, Third Construction, 2020, oil on linen, 38 x 76 cm
Frank Burgers, Third Construction, 2020, oil on linen, 38 x 76 cm
Frank Burgers, Raw State 1, 2020, oil on linen on MDF 38x29 cm
Frank Burgers, Raw State 1, 2020, oil on linen on MDF 38x29 cm
Frank Burgers, Raw State, 2020 oil on linen, 30x23cm
Frank Burgers, Raw State, 2020 oil on linen, 30x23cm
Frank Burgers, 2020, The Pink line, oil on linen, 38x76cm
Frank Burgers, 2020, The Pink line, oil on linen, 38x76cm
Frank Burgers, Untitled Yellow, 2019, oil on linen 25x34 cm
Frank Burgers, Untitled Yellow, 2019, oil on linen 25x34 cm