Andipa announces a major new solo exhibition by British contemporary sculptor Peter Burke through November 2015 in Knightsbridge, London. The new series features a stunning collection of unique works including free-standing and wall-mounted sculpture.
Burke’s new body of work questions the frailty of the human condition, the steel tableaus evoking Orwellian tendencies suggesting our over- indulgence in surveillance and society’s constraints on free movement.
“As we move into ever larger centres of population from necessity or desire there are inevitable questions about what this means for us as individuals.”
Using industrial materials such as steel and pewter, Burke speaks to the humanity of urbanization, the machine-like reproduction and anonymity of his crafted human figures suggesting the loss of our individuality within the large urban metropolis.
Multitude, Solitude is ultimately an investigative narrative into our sense of self, our free will and our autonomy.
Peter Burke | Artist Bio
Born in London in 1944, Peter Burke is a British contemporary sculptor. He completed a student apprenticeship with Rolls Royce Aero Engines in 1960 and went on to study sculpture at Bristol Polytechnic Fine Art Faculty, graduating in 1972.
The human form is often central to Peter Burke’s sculpture, who often uses model casts to express a sense of universality in his work. Working in steel and iron, using industrial processes, Burke’s engineering background has strongly informed his working practice. His work often reflects mankind’s relationship with mass–production and standardisation through a rhythm and repetition of materials.
Peter Burke has exhibited since 1973 in mixed and solo shows and has featured regularly in British and overseas galleries. His work is part of public and private collections including the Contemporary Art Society, London; Henry Moore Foundation and Greenwich Council, London. In 1995, Burke was awarded the prestigious Pollock–Krasner Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Diane Middlebrook Fellowship at the Djerassi Artists Program, California. In 2010, Burke exhibited in the ‘Ten Monumental British Sculptures’ exhibition at the Cerro de Vila Museum, Portugal and in 2011 had solo exhibitions in both London and Bath.
Most recently Peter gave an artist-led talk entitled 'Sculpture and Reproductive Technology' at an independently organised event by TEDx in Bradford on Avon.
Peter Burke currently lives and works in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. This is his third solo exhibition at Andipa Gallery.