Discover Local Artists: In the Raw…

Anthony Burks

…As in the artwork is offered unframed… Alludes to freedom. Don’t label. And let’s get to the heart of things, and appreciate color and art…

These are some of the thoughts Anthony Burks shares about why he calls his end-of-season exhibit, “In the Raw.”

His color pencil and mixed-media works are featured in this show at ArtSpace 408, now through Saturday, April 24, with a closing reception, Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m.

If you go, report back about how you were affected by Burks’ use of colors.

Burks, who was born in Lake Worth in 1967, has always wanted to be an artist and illustrator.

While attending high school, one of his art teachers introduced him to a number of different media including his trademark medium, the color pencil.

He has been perfecting this technique since 1983 and continues to do so while experimenting with other media, including pen and ink and watercolor.

“Blue Eyed Butterfly,” 22 by 30 inches, Mixed Media, priced at $1,200
“Mardi Gras,”41 by 15 inches, Mixed Media, $2,100.

Burks earned several grants and scholarships while in college, and also won many awards and contests.

Upon graduating, Burks was employed by Baron Signs Manufacturing where he still works as an on-staff artist. He’s also a freelance artist and mentors young artists.

“Lion II,” 30 by 40 inches, Mixed Media, $3,000.

His work, rich in detail and color, has been exhibited at Gallery One in Sarasota, 123 Gallery in  West Palm Beach, Florida, I Am Art & Image in Lauderhill, African Art Galleria in Boca Raton, and The African American Art Gallery in Lake Park.

ArtSpace 408 is at 408 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Gallery hours are 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.