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FRANK BURGERS

Visual Artist

 

MY STORY

My work is about structure, composition and colour, about discovering new ways to invigorate the painting process and find meaning in my work that extends beyond the mere personal. I work in oils on linen, and gouache, pastel and charcoal on paper. Recently the work has taken a more minimalist abstract turn...

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Frank Burgers, Painter, Drawer, Teacher, odd job man! To live I paint, to eat I read gas meters! This is what it is like to be an artist in 21st Century Australia; the National Galleries attract art consumers in the multi-millions, while Regional Galleries still face daily battles for funds to keep the doors open. A small minority of (good and bad) artists are rewarded for their efforts, while most (good and bad) artists live well below the poverty line and can't claim welfare because there is no definition for 'unemployed artist'; they fail the unemployment test because despite a lack of income they are making art hence they are 'employed'. The only way to be able to make a claim for Newstart (when you start paying car rego with the rent money, for instance) is by renouncing your Art Practice.

A cultural shift is required, it may be happening already in baby steps, (popular TV shows celebrating the purchase of art pieces for home decoration, for example), but  artists alone, whatever the revolution, cannot do it. This is not about the 'avant garde', if that still exists at all, which is about disrupting and reconsidering the accepted norm, but about a basic fairness in society about wealth distribution based on your contribution: artist continually contribute to the wealth and health of our society, often well beyond minimal or expected efforts, for little or no financial rewards and consequently,  are impoverished. Statistics are brutal; artists are among the lowest earners in Australia and,  based on observation,  suffer higher then average from mental illnesses.

A solution to this sad state of affairs has to be driven by society as a whole, and instigated by those running the country. A cultural shift in which Art and Creativity are valued as being essential to the health (and wealth) of all people, rewarded accordingly, supported by social infrastructure and education, can be achieved if thoroughly promoted. Examples of other such government initiated cultural shifts are the 'quit smoking, campaign, 'Slip, slop, slap' skin cancer awareness campaign, the current anti gambling promotions, and others. 

The benefits to society would be a multi billion dollar local art industry, with wealth distribution filtering down to lift those 'unemployed' artists up into tax paying, home buying, respectable citizens. The growth of the economy by auxiliary institutions and businesses (think education, art businesses, professional bodies), social health benefits (creative expression as therapy), and impact by the creative arts industry on 'critical mass' in thinking in, for example, Design,  Engineering, Technology, Science, etc, would be profound. A 'creative nation' to quote a once popular political slogan, needs roots.

In conclusion, I paint and draw ordinary things, relevant to the times I live in. If I stop working creatively I cease to function well as a human being. Lifeless

That's why I make art.

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"

Vincent Van Gogh

CONTACT MY AGENT

Currently I am represented by two excellent galleries: Eastgate Gallery in Melbourne and Beechworth Contemporary in North East Victoria.
Both galleries would be delighted to assist you with inquiries about my work.

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EASTGATE GALLERY

DIRECTOR: DAINA TENDER

158 BURWOOD ROAD, HAWTHORN,

VIC 3122

0425884966

03 98181656

DAINA@EASTGATEJARMAN.COM.AU

EASTGATEJARMAN.COM.AU

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BEECHWORTH CONTEMPORARY GALLERY

DIRECTOR: NINA MASCHIELSE-HUNT

CAMP STREET, BEECHWORTH (BETWEEN THE GOLD SHOP AND BAKERY)

0421072098

WWW.BEECHWORTHCONTEMPORARY.COM.AU

CONTACT ME

Studio (by appointment)
level 1, 122 Bridge St E
Benalla, 3672
Australia

0488676127

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ARTIST BIO

Frank Burgers.

Born 1965, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Nationalised 1983).

 

EDUCATION

 

1999                  THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF EDUCATION. 

1993 - 1994       BOX HILL COLLEGE OF TAFE, ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA OF ARTS (WOOD DESIGN).

1984 – 1986      BALLARAT COLLEGE OF ADVANCED EDUCATION, BACHELOR OF ARTS

                         (FINE ART), majoring in Painting.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2022 - 'Cadence' at Hyphen Wodonga Library Gallery.

2021 - 'Northern Abstraction' Benalla Art Gallery (with Anthea Kemp, Ralph Bristow, curated by Eric Nash).

2020 - '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

   

1989-current:

Stock room, on show Eastgate Gallery, Burwood, Melbourne (from 2021).

North East Artisans, Benalla (2018 - 2020).

Off Centre Gallery, Milawa, 2016-20.

Sawtooth gallery, Launceston, 2014.

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

Trinity College Art Exhibition and Acquisitive Art Award, Albury, 2013-15.

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

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

‘Mining the Archives’, Albury Art gallery, 2011.

Creating our Tomorrow’, Wangaratta Art Gallery, 2011.

‘Paintworks’, Wangaratta Art gallery, 2011.

Myrtleford acquisitive art prize, 2012, 2013, 2014.

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

‘Warming up’, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, 2010.

GIGS Art gallery, Wodonga, ongoing.

Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art prize 2009, 2007,  Caloundra Regional Art Gallery

‘Figure 1’, Pivotal Galleries, Richmond. March 2009.

Arts Wodonga Hume Building Society Acquisitive art Award, annually since 2005.

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

’20 perspectives’ Dinner Plain Village 2006, 2007.

‘The memory project’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, 2005.

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

‘Those who can Teach’, Wodonga, 2005.

Wangaratta Jazz Art  award 2002, 2003, 2005.

Linden Galleries, St Kilda1996.

ROAR 2, Fitzroy 1995.

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

Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery 1993.

NAVA Windows, City Square, Melbourne 1993.

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

Contemporary Art Society of Victoria (1989-1999).

 

AWARDS

 

2019

Shared  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"

CAS Inc Annual Exhibition.

Judge; Ken Scarlet.

 

Collections; Albury Art Gallery, Trinity Anglican College Albury, DalZotto Wines,

         Private Collections.

 

Publications

Illustrated room brochure, ‘Mining the Archives’, Albury Art Gallery.

Illustrated room brochure, ‘Paintworks’, Wangaratta Art Gallery, 2011.

Illustrated Room Brochure, ‘The revolving door’ with essay by Dianne Mangan,

          Director Wangaratta Art Gallery, Albury Regional Art Gallery.

Illustrated Catalogue, Sunshine Coast Art prize 2009, 2007 Caloundra Regional

         Art Gallery.

Catalogue, ‘The memory project’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery.

 

Appointments

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

Judge, Wangaratta Jazz Art Award 2012.

 

Represented by:

‘Eastgate Gallery’, Director Daina Tender

daina@eastgatejarman.com.au

0425884966

www.eastgatejarman.com.au

and

'Beechworth Contemporary', Director Nina Maschielse-Hunt

0421072098

www.beechworthcontemporary.com.au/

Work by Frank Burgers is currently being exhibited at 'Eastgate Gallery' and 'Beechworth Contemporary' 


His Studio in Benalla is open by appointment (0488676127)


Commissions on application, sales generally handled by Eastgate Gallery (Melbourne region) and Beechworth Contemporary (North East Victoria).

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