Press Release

June 10, 2004, Philadelphia, PA – An exhibition of recently completed oil paintings by Diane Burko will be on view at Locks Gallery from September 1 through September 30, 2004. Burko is an acclaimed Philadelphia artist best known for her bold, large-scale landscape paintings. A full-color illustrated catalogue of the exhibition, featuring an essay by art critic Justin Spring and remarks by renowned vulcanologist Haraldur Sigurdssun, will be available. 

The exhibition will include a series of paintings inspired by the rugged and everchanging terrain of Iceland as recorded by the artist during two visits to the island in the summer of 2002 . With delicate individual brushstrokes massed alongside broad swaths of solid color, Burko assuredly captures the robust range of surface textures evident in the landscape of Iceland and documents a wide array of the natural phenomena actively shaping this remarkable piece of land.

Diane Burko has been represented by Locks Gallery since 1976. In that time she has been featured in over twenty one-person exhibitions and has received numerous awards including two NEA Visual Arts Fellowships (1985, 1991); two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1981, 1989); a Lila Acheson Wallace Foundation Residence Fellowship (1989); a Rockefeller Foundation Residence Fellowship (1993); and most recently, the prestigious Bessie Berman Grant awarded by the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia (2000). 

Burko’s widely exhibited paintings are in numerous private and public collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA; and the Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania.

Locks Gallery is located at 600 Washington Square South in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, please contact Jeremiah Misfeldt at 215.629.1000 voice, 215.629.3868 fax, or jmisfeldt@ locksgallery.com.