Tom Burckhardt was born in New York City in 1964. He made his first prints in February of 2001 at the Shark’s Ink studio in Holualoa, Hawaii. In these prints, as in his paintings, Burckhardt combines figurative and abstract elements.
Burckhardt is interested in art from cultures where symbols and narrative forms are mysterious and indecipherable. Seeing artifacts independent of background knowledge, he uses the images abstractly and constructs a unique visual language. His influences include extensive travels, Mayan ceramics, Asian art, the New York School and funhouse painting. He is the son of painter Yvonne Jacquette and the late filmmaker and photographer Rudy Burckhardt.
Tom’s most recent print, “Workshop” is an ambitious color lithograph and linocut printed in twelve colors from nine plates and one linocut. He has combined numerous patterns, forms and images to make a dense composition that hangs above an endless space that could be sky or water.
Tom Burckhardt has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions. He has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Grant, a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Grant and a full scholarship for the summer program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.