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John Burke, 1946–2006

And if Because1969

John Burke was instrumental in defining sculptural practice in Ireland during the 1970s. He studied sculpture at the Crawford School of Art in Cork and the Royal Academy, London. He went on to travel for a year in North Africa and Europe before returning to Ireland where he set up a studio and workshop in Blarney, near Cork city. Burke supported himself by teaching two days a week at the Crawford School of Art and counted among his pupils Eilis O’Connell, Vivienne Roche, Maud Cotter and Jim Buckley. Working in welded steel, Burke juxtaposed simple geometric shapes to form abstract compositions, and employed colour to soften and disguise unwanted elements of the metal.

MediumPainted steel
Dimensions Unframed, 182.6 x 140 x 43.9 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.145 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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John Burke, And if Because, 1969, Painted steel, Unframed, 182.6 x 140 x 43.9 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

John Burke 1946–2006

Irish artist John Burke studied sculpture at the Crawford School of Art, Cork, and the Royal Academy, London. Instrumental in defining sculptural practice in Ireland during the 1970s, he juxtaposed simple geometric shapes to form abstract compositions, and employed colour to soften and disguise unwanted elements of the metal. Burke taught at the Crawford School of Art and counted among his pupils Eilis O’Connell, Vivienne Roche, Maud Cotter and Jim Buckley. He is a member of Aosdána.

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