• Bobbie Burgers

    Between Always and Never

    September 8 - October 1, 2022

  • Vancouver-based painter Bobbie Burgers is known for her experimental approach with mediums ranging from oil pastel to spray paint to impastoed acrylic. Her ongoing exploration of new methods and techniques has propelled her floral-inspired compositions into new territories, with increasing abstraction defining her gestural application of colour on canvas and paper. 

    Central to this exhibition is an ambitious series of new monotypes by Burgers, printed last spring with Master Printer Gregory Burnet at Burnet Editions in New York City and published by Nicholas Metivier Gallery. This was Burgers’ first time working in this medium. Printmaking provides a distinct and often very different approach within an artist’s practice, opening up new realms of possibilities, ideas, and methods of working. With the monotype process, an artist draws or paints directly onto a plate to create a single unique print. For Burgers, it was an ideal medium to adapt her signature expressive mark-making from painting to printmaking. 

  • Using oil paints and printing inks, Burgers created multi-colour diptychs that echo the nuanced and ethereal qualities that characterize her recent paintings on raw canvas. The diptychs required multiple impressions, to add additional compositional elements after they had been run through the printing press. This technique enhanced the texture and dimension of her monotypes and required careful consideration of the relationship between the two sheets of paper. 
  • Bobbie Burgers, Regeneration in the Breath of Decay #1, 2022

    Bobbie Burgers

    Regeneration in the Breath of Decay #1, 2022 monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper, diptych
    28 x 40 in.
    $ 9,000.00
  • Bobbie Burgers, Regeneration in the Breath of Decay #3, 2022

    Bobbie Burgers

    Regeneration in the Breath of Decay #3, 2022 monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper, diptych
    28 x 40 in.
    $ 9,000.00
  • Bobbie Burgers, Regeneration in the Breath of Decay #7, 2022

    Bobbie Burgers

    Regeneration in the Breath of Decay #7, 2022 monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper, diptych
    28 x 40 in.
  • In a series of monochromatic works, Burgers embraced one of the most definitive characteristics of the monotypes, the ability to take marks away. Vibrant blue and red inks were rolled onto Plexiglas plates then removed and shaped using sponges, felt tips, spoolies (mascara wands) and spray bottles filled with mineral spirits.
  • Bobbie Burgers, Regeneration #4, 2022

    Bobbie Burgers

    Regeneration #4, 2022 monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper
    28 x 20 in.
    • Bobbie Burgers Tilting Point #2, 2022 monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper 28 x 20 in.
      Bobbie Burgers
      Tilting Point #2, 2022
      monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper
      28 x 20 in.
      $ 6,000.00
    • Bobbie Burgers Tilting Point #5, 2022 monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper 28 x 20 in.
      Bobbie Burgers
      Tilting Point #5, 2022
      monotype with etching ink and oil on Arches paper
      28 x 20 in.
      $ 6,000.00
  • Burgers’ printmaking experience at Burnet Editions has pushed her practice to new horizons because of the spontaneous nature of the monotype medium. When she returned to her Vancouver studio, Burgers made a series of diptych paintings based on what she learned in New York. These works are shown in context with Burgers’ monotypes as part of the exhibition.
  • Bobbie Burgers, Stories Painted Over #1, 2022

    Bobbie Burgers

    Stories Painted Over #1, 2022 mixed media on canvas, diptych
    50 x 80 in.
  • Bobbie Burgers is a Vancouver-based painter whose work intimately examines the natural processes of decay, transformation and metamorphosis. While florals have always been her primary source of inspiration, her unique understanding of their physical composition and metaphorical connotations have allowed her to push the classical subject to near abstraction. In addition to canvas, Burgers' expressive mark-making and textural surfaces extend to collage and sculpture. Burgers has exhibited her work internationally including in Sweden and China. Burgers is represented in Toronto, Vancouver and San Francisco.

     

     

    Greg Burnet established Burnet Editions in 1991. He is a Master Printer, who has worked with artists such as Kara Walker, Sean Scully, Glenn Ligon, Lisa Yuskavage, Richard Serra, John Hartman and Stephen Appleby-Barr. Burnet specializes in publishing limited edition etchings, engravings and monotypes.

     
     
     
    On view at
    Nicholas Metivier Gallery
    190 Richmond St E, Toronto ON M5A 1P1
    through October 1, 2022.
     
    For additional information,
    please contact Caroline Pearson, (416) 205-9000.