‘For me, painting is visual music’. ‘Just as music is governed by its own compositional rules and rarely references a literal story line, painting should also enjoy the same absolute dissociation from the familiar, representational world.’
Kramer has always been a modernist. His work is in the long tradition of the ‘International School’, developed in Switzerland following World War II, the ‘Concrete’, ‘De Stijl’ and ‘Constructivist’ painters of Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Russia and France, and the more recent influential painters of ‘Geometric Abstraction’, ‘Minimalism’ and “Neo-Geo” in the United States and Great Britain. His paintings pay homage to his teacher, Josef Albers, but a strong case can be made that Kramer’s work is more adventuresome and ultimately more challenging. He presents positive, powerful imagery, transcending the opacity of the acrylic medium into a new, luminous realm of ‘color as light’.
Kramer’s work has been exhibited at Wolgang Exner Gallery in Vienna, Kabat Wrobel Gallery, Peak Gallery, Pekao Gallery, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Tatar-Alexander Gallery, Ingram Gallery, Gallery Moos, Gallery One in Toronto, Oeno Gallery in Prince Edward County, at the Galleria Metropolitana of Universidad Metroplitana in Mexico City in 2002, the Habitat Gallery of Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosí in 2012.. His work is in collections in the USA and Canada.
A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCA), Alliance Graphique International (AGI), recipient of an Honorary Doctorate / OCAD / 2003, ‘The Order of Ontario’ O.Ont. 2002, Ontario’s highest award, for his contributions to the cultural life of the Province, and Toronto Arts ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ /1999, a faculty member of Ontario College of Art & Design for 21 years, Kramer is listed in ‘Who’s Who in American Art’’, Who’s Who in America‘, Canadian Who’s Who’ and ‘Who’s Who in The World’, among others. His work is seen on The Canadian Centre for Contemporary Art (www.ccca.ca) web site and is included in the collection of the Foundation for Constructive Art, University of Calgary.
Kramer has lived and worked in New York, Chicago, London, Zurich, Basel, and in Toronto (since 1965), traveled in much of Western Europe, the Far East, Turkey, the Caribbean and Mexico. He holds a MFA degree from Yale University, A BS from Illinois Institute of Technology and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal College of Art, London.
“Burton Kramer’s acrylic paintings are a waltz frozen in time, or perhaps musical chairs at the precise moment the music stops. Kramer brings harmony and balance to his utopian dance.”
– Roberta Fallon, ‘Order(ed)’,Philadelphia 2006