Michael Burges "Behind the Glass"

Michael Burges (Germany, 1954) explores methods in abstract painting, via his use of oils and uses metals such as copper, silver and gold leaf to create behind-glass painting. His preference to use glass instead of canvas reflects Burges’ fascination by optical and physical phenomena such as radiation energies, light reflections, gravitational forces, rhythmic or acoustic structures. In his most recent series of works; the artist uses a multi-layering painting process; freely playing with colours and experimenting various ways of applying colour with rags, squeegee. Burges is moving towards a point, where the abstract structures and worlds of colour, open up by the creation of imaginary spaces. These evoke imaginary pictures and scenes which seem to exist behind abstract pictorial patterns, whilst at the same time drawing the spectator`s attention back to the patterns.