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Edward Burtynsky

Canadian, b. 1955

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Edward Burtynsky

Canadian, b. 1955

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Edward Burtynsky’s large-format color photographs document the ramifications of human industry on the natural world in a perversely beautiful manner. Bold swathes of color and rich texture render his images of mines, industrial refineries, shipbreaking yards, and other scarred landscapes from Detroit to Bangladesh, painterly. “Dryland Farming” (2011), an aerial series exploring how humans reshape natural topography through farming in a semi-arid, remote region of northern Spain, evokes abstract painting; seeing the colors and shapes from 2,000 feet above reminded the artist of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937). Burtynsky intends his work to spark “a second look at what we call progress,” which has won him acclaim as an environmental champion as well as an artist; he received a TED Prize in 2005 for producing images that “powerfully alter the way we think about the world and our place in it.”

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Biography

Edward Burtynsky’s large-format color photographs document the ramifications of human industry on the natural world in a perversely beautiful manner. Bold swathes of color and rich texture render his images of mines, industrial refineries, shipbreaking yards, and other scarred landscapes from Detroit to Bangladesh, painterly. “Dryland Farming” (2011), an aerial series exploring how humans reshape natural topography through farming in a semi-arid, remote region of northern Spain, evokes abstract painting; seeing the colors and shapes from 2,000 feet above reminded the artist of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937). Burtynsky intends his work to spark “a second look at what we call progress,” which has won him acclaim as an environmental champion as well as an artist; he received a TED Prize in 2005 for producing images that “powerfully alter the way we think about the world and our place in it.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Korea
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Shows Featuring Edward Burtynsky
Articles Featuring Edward Burtynsky
These 10 Artists Are Making Urgent Work about the Environment
Apr 20th, 2020
These 10 Artists Are Making Urgent Work about the Environment
Sundaram Tagore Brings Bold, Single-Hued Works to Art Central 2015
Mar 11th, 2015
Sundaram Tagore Brings Bold, Single-Hued Works to Art Central 2015
10 Artists You Didn’t Know Were Canadian
Oct 24th, 2013
10 Artists You Didn’t Know Were Canadian
How Edward Burtynsky’s TED Talk Wish Has Come True
Oct 8th, 2013
How Edward Burtynsky’s TED Talk Wish Has Come True
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