BILL BURKE, LOCAL NELSON ARTIST AND PICTURE FRAMER
Living in Little Kaiteriteri with views up towards the Abel Tasman National Park, the golden sands and azure waters of this scenic location have been the inspiration for many of Bill Burke’s paintings. His oil and pastel artworks are often quirky, capturing subtle nuances, from the satisfied expression of a sow lying on her side feeding her piglets, to the weather-worn face of an old farmer standing in a corrugated iron shed. Bill says he paints pretty much whatever catches his eye, and is as much known for his colourful landscapes, busy maritime scenes and farmyard animals, as he is for his portrayal of people.
From an early age Bill Burke’s passion and focus has always been drawing and painting. He began drawing with pen & ink while at Nelson College, holding his first exhibition as a nineteen year old at the Chez Elco Gallery, drawing old Nelson historic homes and buildings. Bill spent a number of years painting in watercolour before introducing oils and then pastels, wonderfully recording New Zealand’s unique light and vibrant colours.
Bill’s extremely polished technical skills are evident in his works and his painterly approach has often been described as refreshing. With a finely honed sense of observation, Bill is able to capture the essential subtleties of human and animal characteristics and body languages in his subjects.
Bill Burke’s art gallery and picture framing business is situated along the picturesque Maitai River in the city of Nelson. Bill can now combine his love of painting and his 36 years’ experience as a professional picture framer, all under one roof. With an artist’s eye and a wide selection of frame samples and conservation materials, Bill will give your personal piece the finishing touch it deserves.
Having been awarded art prizes throughout New Zealand, Bill Burke’s paintings provide not only locals, but national and international visitors with a colourful and permanent reminder of their experience of New Zealand.