AN HOMAGE TO A “GOLDEN AGE ”
The complex imagery of Richard Burlet's figurative paintings pays homage to a tradition in art that reigned supreme in Vienna in the late 1800s. The art, architecture and design of Vienna's “Golden Age”, and the highly praised works of Gustav Klimt, are the greatest influences to Burlet's artwork.
Burlet's paintings are richly colored compositions in collage and oil and each displays a brilliant pastiche of ornamental detail that does not simply embellish the art, but becomes its content. His palette often reflects his affinity for red and purple – strong colors – and he strives for “a contrast of colors, of heat, contrast between some delicate, graceful faces, and an intense and powerful set of colors”. There is flatness to the imagery, yet rich dimension is created by myriad colors laid one on top of another with 24-karat gold and silver leafing then applied giving the canvas tone and texture. He uses gold and silver “for it's light – no color can compete with it.
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