Berta Burr’s “4/21” is an 18 x 24 inch figurative sky scape in oil on canvas. Painted in nuanced pale blues, grays and whites, the artist depicts a fluffy cloud, fixing with fine masterful strokes its light and floating qualities. Focussing her keen eye and skillful brush on the shifting palette of just sky devoid of any other landscape elements, Burr encourages us to stop, breathe, and take note of the ever-changing beauty of our world, as we once did as children, gazing upwards.
Burr says, “My painting is motivated by a need to view the world with a degree of detachment that allows for the possibility of beauty.” Her sky scapes are a statement of calm in these chaotic times.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Berta Burr grew up near the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox), which gave her early exposure to modern and contemporary art through its world class collection. Her interest in fine art was further nurtured at home where, as the daughter of an avid amateur artist, art materials were never in short supply.