Nature is at the center of my work. In it I find inspiration, meaning and purpose. What I do is not possible without it. Yet I wish to create visions of place and time and this requires me to take liberties. My work is not from observation. Rather it is a meditation based on observations of landscape both real and imagined and the creatures that inhabit those landscapes. All is subject to both the vagaries and elaborations of memory. The details and atmosphere are improvisations elaborated into a calculated visual experience.
Stephen Burt is painter and printmaker. Born in Deland, Florida in 1962. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1987) and SUNY Purchase (MFA 1991). Burt has exhibited in both international and national venues including most recently at Engine Gallery in Biddeford, ME, Rose Contemporary in Portland, ME, Bradbury Gallery- State University of Arizona, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy, and the International Print Center in New York City. Burt’s work has been acquired for inclusion in many public collections including those of Portland Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum at Harvard, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress.
Burt’s work has been supported by awards from numerous institutions among them, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Ruth Chenven Foundation as well as multiple faculty development grants from the University of New England.
A member of Peregrine Press in Portland, Maine, Stephen Burt is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Arts at the University of New England.