Burt Van Deusen


  May 20 – June 14, 2014

Chance Meetings 

On display from May 20,through June 14, 2014, at The Blue Mountain Gallery is the second one-person show of works by Burt Van Deusen.  The works shown were developed onPine Island,Florida, during the winter and spring of 2013.  All are charcoal drawings on paper.  They attempt to parallel natures interactions with certain human activities, both spiritual and physical.  The narrative is portrayed by some of nature’s basics elements: sky, fog, clouds, water and terra firma; and further reduced to white through near black by the use of charcoal: probably human’s first art medium.  The imagery is landscape-like, but not observations, they are invented fantasies, although they could occur.

The artist states: It is my hope that these drawings convey a quiet monumentality that will contribute to the observer’s natural inner search for a “sense of place” and belonging in their life and reality.

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Past Exhibition: Painting and Drawings April 26 – May 21, 2011 

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Earlier in his life Mr. Van Deusen worked for Jackie Gleason as a scenic artist, then, later working for other television shows (Flipper, Gentle Ben, Treasure Island) and the Florida film industry. He has also spenta year designing and making “floats” for the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami before returning to college.

Burt’s other interests include boat building and book collecting. He has lived and worked on the east end of Long Island for over thirty years. His work has been included in several group shows in New York City including: Art Sounds at the Nohra Haime Gallery and Interior Spaces at the New York Law School.

Other shows that have included Burt Van Deusen’s work are: Art Alumni, Philadelphia College of Art; Regional Painting, Pennsylvania State University; Two Painters, PCA; Earth/Sky/Water, East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art; New Spaces / New Faces, Guild Hall Museum.

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