DENNIS EUGENE NORMAN BURTON
oil on masonite
signed and dated 1959; also signed (twice), titled, dated 1959 and ‘59 on the reverse
48 ins x 35.5 ins; 91.4 cms x 121.9 cms
Dennis Burton writes, “Most of my abstractions are related to the city environment in terms of surface, facture and texture.” Burton drew inspiration from the city in unique ways, viewing what most would see as urban blight – broken windows, ruts in the road, graffiti, scratched brickwork and stained cardboard – as artistic entities.
“When I sit here and look out of the window, I see unidentifiable forms in the leaf tonal patterns in the trees. I see lines, I see edges, I see abstraction. I don’t see the trees to reproduce them the way they are. I see a pattern of grey-scale changes from black through to white; I see a tonal set-up… The grey-scale tonal effect of parts in shadow, in half-shadow, and the parts that are being hit by brilliant sunlight, create a texture for me – a surface. I see two-dimensionally. Everything is surface…”
Dennis Burton Retrospective, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 1997, pages 38 and 39.
Private Collection, Toronto