Jump to content

Marc Burckhardt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Marc Burckhardt
Known forIllustration, fine art

Marc Burckhardt is an American fine artist and illustrator. Burckhardt's work focuses on historical symbolism with contemporary themes. He uses a mix of both oil and acrylic paints in a modern variation of the Old Masters techniques of monochromatic underpainting and color glazing, often using wood panels. Burckhardt is additionally known for combining some paintings with pressed metal facades, historically known as rizas or oklads, forming elaborate patterns in the metal to create a jacket-like patterned covering[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Burckhardt was born in Germany to German-born Jochem and American-born Chris Christenson Burckhardt. He grew up in Waco, Texas, where his parents worked as university professors at Baylor University.[3][4] His mother was a painter and visiting art museums was common for the family.[5] Burckhardt credits this combination of the American South and German culture with planting deep roots both in folk art and the darker vision of Flemish painters.[6]

Burckhardt attended Baylor University, receiving undergraduate degrees in art history and printmaking. In 2009, Burckhardt was named one of Baylor's 150 Most Notable Alumni, for exceptional achievement in his field.[7] Burckhardt went on to receive a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with honors in 1989.[2][6]

Early influences[edit]

Burckhardt's early influences were the painters Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, and Diego Rivera, but also comic artists such as Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton.[6] Burckhardt was additionally influenced by the writings of art historian Leo Steinberg,[2] and his landmark work The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion.[5]


Burckhardt is quoted as saying that both his fine art work and his commissions are less influenced by any one artist and more with periods and genres such as Medieval religious icons, early American and English sporting paintings as well as Dutch secular genre painting, which he observes "served to aggrandize the subject rather than the artist".[6]

Fine arts and gallery work[edit]

Burckhardt's work is in numerous private collections, including that of the estate of Johnny Cash, who commissioned Burckhardt to paint a portrait of his wife June Carter Cash for his home outside Nashville, Tennessee.[2] Burckhardt's fine art works have been shown throughout the United States and internationally, at locations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Art Institute of Boston, Art Basel in Miami, Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, SCOPE in New York, The Martin Museum of Art (Texas), Reial Cercle Artístic (Royal Artistic Circle) in Barcelona, Affenfaust Galerie (Hamburg), Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami), Copro Gallery (Los Angeles), Bash Contemporary (San Francisco).[1] In 2010, Burckhardt was named Texas State Artist by the Texas Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts.[8]

Many of Burckhardt's gallery works are what he describes as "'possession-oriented portraiture' in which the animals, or ships, or people, aren't what they appear to be; they're placeholders for desires, fears, and ideals."[5]


Burckhardt's art has appeared on book covers, albums, storefronts, packaging & clothing, and been commissioned by clients that include Gucci, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, WIRED, and TIME, among others.[9]

Burckhardt is recognized for his portraiture work, which has been commissioned by Major League Baseball, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sony Records, and others.[9] His work has received numerous awards, including Gold & Silver medals from the New York Society of Illustrators, Cannes Lions, and the American Advertising Federation. He is a recipient of the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the American Museum of Illustration, and in 2019 Taschen named him one of the top 100 illustrators in the world.

Awards and service[edit]



  • President of the Illustration Conference[19]
  • Chair of the Society of Illustrators 47th Annual[19]

Personal life[edit]

Burckhardt divides his time between Austin, Texas and Germany. He is a past instructor at School of Visual Arts in New York City and Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and arts organizations.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Telford, Anne (May 2005). "Marc Burckhardt". Communication Arts.
  2. ^ "Encyclodepia.com entry". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  3. ^ "Baylor Alumni Association". Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "'Cathleen Toelke Interview With Marc Burckhardt". illoz. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Solis, Marisa (May 2006). "Conversations in the Dark". Juxtapoz: 86–91.
  6. ^ "Alumni 150". Baylor Alumni Association. Archived from the original on February 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Texas Touring Roster". www.arts.texas.gov. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  8. ^ a b "Simon & Schuster Biographies". Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  9. ^ "State Artist (visual art)". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  10. ^ "2011 Hamilton King". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  11. ^ "Magical Thinking". 2013-06-10.
  12. ^ "Illustratirs 51 Medal Winners". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  13. ^ "Illustrators 52 Medal Winners". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  14. ^ "Illustrators 52 Medal Winners". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  15. ^ "Illustrators 54 Medal Winners". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  16. ^ "Illustrators 55 Medal Winners". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  17. ^ "Illustrators 59 Medal Winners". Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  18. ^ a b "Creative Summit Biography". Retrieved 2013-05-26.

External links[edit]