Edward Burtynsky, ‘Rock of Ages #25’, 1991, Caviar20

Labelled, titled, numbered and dated verso.

Edward Burtynsky (b. 1955) is Canada's most successful photographer.

A noted filmmaker, entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Burtynsky is first known internationally for his large scale images documenting the process and consequences of using the earth's natural resources.

His images, which at times approach abstraction, present a bizarre tension between beauty and desecration.

Many works, and this is an exceptional example, show unbelievable aerial views and are presented with a level of detail normally impossible for the human eye to comprehend.

Burtynsky's series of quarries taken in Vermont in the early 1990's were the images that established his career.

These images of cracked, fragmented and abandoned terrains looked not dissimilar to a Riopelle painting realized in rich whites, grays with stabs of vibrant greens.

While the image documents the environmental exploitation, the overall work has an incredible form and rich palette and texture.

This work has been published in countless periodicals and appears in the Steidl book on Burtynsky.

His work can be found in the permanent collection of countless museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Guggenheim, TATE Modern (London) and MoMA to mention a few.

Signature: Signed by the artist verso

About Edward Burtynsky

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.”

Canadian, b. 1955, St. Catharines, Canada

Group Shows

Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 
BURTYNSKY/ SHAPIRO: Nature Abstracted
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 
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