London based recent graduate artist Daniel Bourke is a contemporary painter with imaginative works that play on geometric pattern, interior and exterior space and are dream-like and illusive. His paintings deal with a range of formal elements from abstract expressionism to classical still life painting and remind us a little of Karen Kilimnik or Matthias Weischer. It is important for Bourke that his paintings demonstrate his formal skills as an oil painter as well as his love of the chaotic and abstract.
Still Life 1 recently won Bourke the Celeste Prize (www.celesteprize.com) and is about the relationship between object and self. It explores both abstract and gestural mark making as well as traditionally painted objects built up in glazes of oil paint.