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Marc Burckhardt
Nationality American

Baylor University, B.A.

Art Center College of Design. BFA 1989
Known for illustration artist

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[1] [2] 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.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

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.[4][5]. 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.[6] The artist credits his summers in Germany and abroad as planting deeps roots both folk art and the darker vision of Flemish painters.[7]

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.[7][2]

Early Influences[edit]

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.[7] Burckhardt was additionally influenced by the writings of art historian Leo Steinberg[2], 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". [7]

Fine arts and gallery work[edit]

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.[2]

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.[8][1]

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.[6]

Commercial illustration[edit]

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. [9]

The artist is recognized for his portraiture work, which has been commissioned by Major League Baseball, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Sony Records and others.[9]

Product labeling and branding illustration[edit]

Album & compact disc covers and packaging[edit]

Children's & young adult book illustration[edit]

Awards and service[edit]



Personal life[edit]

The artist lives in Austin, Texas and teaches illustration at Texas State University, in nearby San Marcos, Texas. [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Telford, Anne (2005). "Marc Burckhardt". Communication Arts.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help);
  2. ^ Nakamura, Joel (2004). "Marc Burckhardt". 3X3 Magazine. 1 (3). 
  3. ^ " entry". Retrieved 26/05/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Baylor Alumni Association". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "'Cathleen Toelke Interview With Marc Burckhardt". illoz. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Solis, Marisa (2006). "Conversations in the Dark". Juxtapoz: 86–91.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help);
  7. ^ "ArtSlant - Marc Burckhardt". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Simon & Schuster Biographies". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Texas Commission on the Arts". Retrieved 26/05/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ a b <"Creative Summit Biography". Retrieved 26/05/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

External links[edit]

Artists personal website
Artists personal blog at Drawger
Additional examples of artists work at
Bash Contemporary

Category:illustration Category:illustrators Category:1962 births Category:Living people Category:Contemporary painters Category:Portrait artists