Frank Burgers

Statement for ‘Abstraction’

This selection of paintings represent a period from of 5 or 6 years in which I looked for the bones of Paintings. Influenced no doubt by working in an enclosed studio with a view on another wall with windows, in artificial light, perhaps that took me to more geometric minimalist spaces for a while.

I was interested in boundaries between colours, composition, edges, essential elements.
I have been painting for 40 years and 8 paintings barely represent the ongoing flow from organic abstraction to (almost) hard edge minimalism, from figuration to landscape and still life. When trained in the eighties, all of western art history informs us. In Painting there is little visual expression that has not been touched by an artist. I see no value in developing a particular style: as an artist you are who you are and paint what you feel or seek. As style is who you are, any subject is valid. The trick is to find something that inspires you to develop a body of work, to find a painting that is true.