Somehow I discovered Anthony Burks's work via Facebook the way folks usually discover things. Someone somewhere posts something and you click add out of curiosity. His work has slowly become one of my favorites to to see floating through my timeline.
Anthony Burks a disctinctly unique conceptual artist from Florida. His paintings mix colored pencils, watercolor, pen, and ink. He often mixes a unique palette of color with black and white. Beauty and strength are common themes through his work and his images have a softness so human they long to be touches. Anthony says that he chooses his subjects because of what they mean to him, and he tells their stories through his combination of realistic forms, bright colors, and abstract images.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Anthony has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for over twenty years, including: the Endangered Species of Florida Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery; Collaboration: African Diaspora at the Armory Art Center; juried exhibit at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens; CONTINUUM, a gallery that was an extension of ArtSynergy and ArtPalmBeach; Wild Things, an art exhibition benefitting the Rare Species Conservancy; and Elements, a collaboration with three artists to promote the understanding of South Florida’s ecosystem and The Everglades. His painting “Freedom 2001” can be found in the Cornell Museum Permanent Collection.
Although we are not very familiar with each other personally he has agreed to let us as him a few questions about his work. Please enjoy and follow him online at the links below.
TT: Where do you call home?
AB: West Palm Beach, FL
TT: What is your favorite medium or style to work in?
AB: Colored pencil is the Medium I prefer to work in?
TT: If you could have any talent or super power what would it be?
AB: I would have loved to have been a musician, preferably a drummer.
TT: What inspires you the most?
AB: My family inspires me.
TT: Is your studio in your home or in a different location?
AB: My studio is in my home.
TT: What do you do to keep yourself healthy?
AB: Take walks.
TT: Was there ever a time when you almost gave up on creating and if so why?
AB: Yes, because it was not financially rewarding. I decided instead of giving up & getting angry, I would put that energy into my drawing.
TT: What is your creative process?
AB: I dream it, I think it, I create it.
TT: How has social media affected your creation process?
AB: I have a larger audience now (nationally & internationally), which provides a better opportunity for my work to be seen.
TT: What’s the biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten about your work?
AB: Anytime someone connects with my work positively, it is always a compliment each & every time.
TT: Do you have a muse and if so how does that person inspire you?
AB: Multi-media artist Nzingah Oniwosan & model Aiyze Hanif are my human muses because of their strong features. Wild life animals (i.e. birds, big cats & African animals) are also my muses.
TT: What do you hope people take away from your work?
AB: I do my work for me. If they are intrigued or inspired by what I create, that is a plus.
TT: How long does it take you to create a piece of artwork?
AB: Average 22 hours. However I have taken as long as 36-48 hours
TT: When did you realize that you were a creative being?
AB: Since I was about 3 years old. I use to watch my mother color in coloring books all the time & I wanted to do thaat.
TT: What is the one thing that most people assume about you that’s not at all accurate?
AB: Many people assume when they see my wild life work, that I am Caucasian. Not all black artists have to paint the “struggle” to be an authentic artist.