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Marc Burckhardt (born 1962) is an American illustrator, fine artist and children's illustrator. Burckhardt’s work juxtaposes old world styles and symbols with current American themes. The artist uses a mix of both oil and acrylic paints and often executes his work on wood panels. Burckhardt is additionally known for frequently framing his paintings with pressed metal, often forming small sculptures or elaborate patterns in the metal to create an icon-like frame  Many of the artists work also have a Raku glaze, which requires the painting to be immersed in flames, by which the heat causes the glaze to crack and the smoke penetrates the cracks.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Work
- 3 Awards and service
- 4 Personal life
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life and education
Burckhardt was born in Germany to German-born Jochem and U.S. born, Chris Christenson Burckhardt. He grew up in Waco, Texas, where his parents worked as university professors at Baylor University.. Burchardt spent large portions of his childhood summers overseas with his family. His mother was a painter and visiting art museums was common for the family. The artist credits his summers in Germany and abroad as planting deeps roots both folk art and the darker vision of Flemish painters.
The artist attended Baylor University, receiving an undergraduate degree in art history and printmaking. Burckhardt went on to received a BFA from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating in 1989.
The artists early influences were the painters Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, and Diego Rivera, but also comic artists such as Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. Burckhardt was additionally influenced by the writings of art historian Leo Steinberg, who famously said "Anything anybody can do, painting does better.".
Burckhardt is quoted as saying that both his fine arts work and his commercial work is 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 craft-based workaday art that the artist observes "served to aggrandize the subject rather than the artist". 
Fine arts and gallery work
The artists work is in numerous private collections, including that of the estate of the late Johnny Cash, who commissioned Burckhardt to paint a portrait of his wife June Carter Cash for his home outside Nashville, Tennessee.
Burckhardt's fine arts work has been shown through-out the United States and internationally, at locations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Copro Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), The Art Institute of Boston, Art Basel in Miami, Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, SCOPE in New York, The Martin Museum of Art, The Lisle Station Museum (Chicago), Mindy Sherman Gallery in New York and many others.
Many of the artists gallery works are what Burckhardt 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.
Burckhardt's illustration work has illustrated the covers of many books, album/CD covers and been featured in print magazines such as Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, Oxford American, Time magazine and many others. 
Product labeling and branding illustration
- Bonny Doon Angel Paille wine label 
- Bonny Doon Riesling to Live wine label 
- Bridgeport Brewing Hop Czar' beer label 
- Advanced Nutrients Connoisseur nutrient label 
Album & compact disc covers and packaging
- June Carter Cash Wildwood Flower, Dualtone Records 
- Charlie Haden Rambling Boy, Decca-Universal Records 
- John Hiatt Compliation It'll Come To You, Vanguard Records 
- Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young, Cult Records 
Children's & young adult book illustration
Awards and service
- "Mindy Solomon Gallery Artist Profile". Retrieved 26/05/2013. Check date values in:
- Telford, Anne (2005). "Marc Burckhardt". Communication Arts. Unknown parameter
- Nakamura, Joel (2004). "Marc Burckhardt". 3X3 Magazine. 1 (3).
- "Encyclodepia.com entry". Retrieved 26/05/2013. Check date values in:
- "Baylor Alumni Association". Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "'Cathleen Toelke Interview With Marc Burckhardt". illoz. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- Solis, Marisa (2006). "Conversations in the Dark". Juxtapoz: 86–91. Unknown parameter
- "ArtSlant - Marc Burckhardt". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- "Simon & Schuster Biographies". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
- "Texas Commission on the Arts". Retrieved 26/05/2013. Check date values in:
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