J.T. Burke is a digital fine artist who creates truly conceptually original artwork like no other artist working with digital media. Having spent many years running a successful commercial photography business, Jeff has mastered digital image manipulation and developed a keen eye. Since he began working as a fine artist full time in 2006, he no longer considers himself a photographer. Today, as a digital collage artist, photos are merely a tool, like paint, clay or a chisel, used to create the final image.
His current body of work, Beautiful Again, uses thousands of images of vintage jewelry pieces as if they were brush strokes. He has collected earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more throughout the years at swap meets and yard sales. These pieces make his work colorful and decadent with a little touch of kitsch at times. He uses these images of jewelry in a painterly way to build his compositions of landscapes, masks, and other worldly utopias of light and energy. As Jeff explains,
“The result is ornate and exuberant, and tells tales of life forces unbounded by reality. Man-made objects of beauty as a metaphor for paradise—the ultimate man-made thing of beauty.”
Each piece of art takes anywhere from a few days to a few months to complete. Jeff completes 10 to 12 images a year on average, and has a full body of work ready to show. Most of his pieces are framed in ornate frames that have been painted a solid color. He feels this presentation adds to the decadence of the piece, without detracting from the imagery. Many of his compositions are done in large scale to better enable viewers to immerse themselves in the worlds he creates. Jeff prints each piece in very small edition sizes ranging from just two to 25 per piece. Smaller images start between $900 and $1,000, and larger works start at $8,000.
Jeff is currently represented by a gallery in California and is seeking to expand to galleries in other major art markets. He has shown in New York City, Barcelona, and Bristol, UK, and has a successful sales record from previous exhibitions. Having owned a successful business, Jeff Burke recognizes that the gallery-artist relationship must be a partnership, and he is looking for that kind of relationship with interested fine-art galleries.