Amanda Burnham

American, born 1979

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Amanda Burnham

American, born 1979

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Putting an urban spin on plein air painting, a method of working outdoors favored by the Impressionists, Amanda Burnham immerses herself in her urban surroundings to create her evocative drawings and installations of cityscapes. A self-described “ardent admirer of street signs,” Burnham recomposes fragments of the city— text taken from street signs, a chain link fence, portions of a brick wall, a vacant lot, roofs of row houses—into impressionistic scenes that effectively capture the visual jumble and poetic energy of cities.

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Putting an urban spin on plein air painting, a method of working outdoors favored by the Impressionists, Amanda Burnham immerses herself in her urban surroundings to create her evocative drawings and installations of cityscapes. A self-described “ardent admirer of street signs,” Burnham recomposes fragments of the city— text taken from street signs, a chain link fence, portions of a brick wall, a vacant lot, roofs of row houses—into impressionistic scenes that effectively capture the visual jumble and poetic energy of cities.

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