Bill Burke Gallery

Achievements and Awards

Duality in Bill Burke’s output

Bill Burke is one of Nelson’s better-known full-time artists. His multi-award-winning , vibrantly colourful oils and chalk pastel paintings grace many Top of the South homes and businesses… read more

Bill Burk

Charlie & Bessie

Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) National Exhibition, 2016

Awarded a merit prize

Charlie & Bessie

A Slice of Paradise, Kaiteriteri

Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) National Exhibition, 2015

Awarded a merit prize

A Slice of Paradise, Kaiteriteri

 Artist's Magazine's Annual Art CompetitionWHERE’RE THOSE GIRLS (OIL)

Selected as a finalist in the Animal/Wildlife Category in the Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition 2014.

There were over 7,500 entries from around the world

 

 

 

WHERE'RE THOSE GIRLS (OIL)

2014_TAMAnComp_Finalist_MedallionMORNING LIGHT, KAITERITERI (OIL)

Selected as a finalist in the Landscape Category in the Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition 2014. There were over 7,500 entries from around the world.

MORNING LIGHT, KAITERITERI (OIL)

TAKING CARE OF THE OLD GIRL (PASTEL)

Commended: Southern Pastel Artist 2013 Exhibition

TAKING CARE OF THE OLD GIRL (PASTEL)

ARTIST SETS UP SHOP WITH RIVER VIEW

Nelson Mail Article 24-7-2013 : SALLY KIDSON Nelson artist Bill Burke has a new business that looks out over the picturesque Maitai River. Mr Burke, a painter, has a new studio, gallery and picture framing business in a small wooden building on Ajax Ave. Nelson woman Jay Farnsworth ran a picture framing business from the site after she sold Red Gallery. Mr Burke worked at the shop as her picture framer before taking on the lease and changing the shop’s layout. He has opened up the front room as a small gallery showing his work, the framing workshop is in the middle and he has a studio out the back. The gallery is open Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. Mr Burke said he used to have a studio when he lived in Shelbourne St. His wife, Caroline, has a stall at the Saturday market, selling his prints and cards, and he hoped that she would send a few people his way. It was early days for the location and business. He first started work as a picture framer in Nelson in 1979, working for Ian Savage and Co. Mr Burke paints a variety of subjects and portraits. Last year, Mr Burke’s image of his sister-in-law’s Irish partner, Stephen Rothschild, The Irishman, won first place in the Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) exhibition. Another portrait of long-time friend Kevin Satherley, with a chicken under his arm, was picked as one of 30 artworks to travel the country in the Adam Portrait Exhibition competition. Read the full Nelson Mail article online.

ARTIST SETS UP SHOP WITH RIVER VIEW

SOUTHERLY FRONT, KAIKOURA (PASTEL)

Highly commended: Southern Pastel Artists’ Positively Pastel Art Awards 2012

Judges comment – Southerly Front, Kaikoura showed a great amount of confidence and skill in applying the pastel strokes. “There is a freedom and looseness I found refreshing, yet there is accuracy, this is evident in his technique which gives this work an edge.”

SOUTHERLY FRONT, KAIKOURA (PASTEL)

PORTRAIT OF COAT-CLAD MAN WINS NELSON ARTIST GOLD

‘The Irishman’ – Judges were unanimously convinced that Bill’s painterly approach, together with his extremely polished technical skills, captured the rustic spirit of ‘The Irishman’.

Nelson Mail Article 4-10-2012 : ANNA PEARSON A portrait of a coat-clad Irishman by a Nelson artist has won the top prize in a national pastel art competition. Bill Burke entered two pieces in the 10th annual Pastel Artists of New Zealand (PANZ) exhibition, which opened at Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery in Blenheim last weekend. Burke’s image of his sister-in-law’s Irish partner Stephen Rothschild, The Irishman, won first place. He said it was the second time he had entered the PANZ awards and it felt great to scoop the top prize. Mr Rothschild was visiting Nelson from Dublin in December last year and Burke snapped a photograph of him with his Pentax camera just as he was leaving. “It was about 27 degrees outside and he walked from Stephens Bay to Kaiteriteri with that hat and jacket on. It was a light cotton coat, but he lived in it for a week,” he said. “I just took a few snaps of him before he hopped in the car and did it from that. He looks like an Irishman.” Burke also entered a portrait of long-time friend Kevin Satherley, with a chicken under his arm, in the biennial Adam Portrait Exhibition competition. He did not win the top prize, but the piece has been selected to tour the country along with 30 other works for a year.   Read the full Nelson mail article online

PORTRAIT OF COAT-CLAD MAN WINS NELSON ARTIST GOLD

Painting of mate up for top award

Nelson Mail article 11/02/2012 – AMANDA FISHER

Nelson artist Bill Burke is hoping third time will be a charm.

The stalwart is renowned for his distinctive water-themed paintings, but has turned his hand to a chicken in his latest work of art. Burke has been shortlisted, for the third time in a row, for the prestigious, biennial Adam Portrait Exhibition competition, with a pastel portrait of longtime friend Kevin Satherley with a chicken under his arm. “Kev calls [the pastels] crayons.” The pair have been “close mates” since they met at Nelson College, but Burke said he had not always harboured a desire to paint the Nelson builder – but could not resist when he saw him with chicken Tina in tow. “We’ve known each other since the third form, it’s taken 40 years to get the stomach for it … I was thinking to do the chook’s portrait but I thought I’d better put him in as well.” Burke said the image captured Mr Satherley in his natural state. “He’s a funny man, actually, he’s a character. He loves animals, he’s a big guy, builder type, but he’s got a heart of gold.” The portrait took about 12 days, Burke said, and followed two prior Adam Portrait entries, where both times his works were selected as part of 30 to tour nationally. They included portraits of boat builder Jack Guard and shearer Doug Blair. “Two older blokes, and [Kevin’s] bordering on it.” Mr Satherley said Burke had been painting for as long as he had known him – though that is not his only early memory of Burke. “[I remember him] trying to copy me at maths. Actually, we both did rather badly.” But Mr Satherley cannot fault his artwork and said he was pleased with the portrait when he first saw it last weekend at the grand unveiling, about two months after his modelling stint. The winner will be announced on February 22, and the prize, should Burke take the title third time around, is $15,000 – which “wouldn’t be bad, would it?” In 2010 the competition caused controversy when a portrait of convicted murderer Clayton Weatherston was included as one of the 93 finalists in the awards. The 2.5-metre tall charcoal and acrylic portrait was by Auckland artist Liam Gerrard. Read the full Nelson Mail article online

PAINTING OF MATE UP FOR TOP AWARD

LITTLE FEET (PASTEL)

Merit Award: PANZ National Exhibition, 2011

LITTLE FEET (PASTEL)

DOUG BLAIR, WAIRARAPA SHEPHERD (OIL)

Selected to tour country with the Adam Portraiture Exhibition 2010

DOUG BLAIR, WAIRARAPA SHEPHERD (OIL)

OLD SALT A HIT ON CANVAS

Nelson Mail article: Feb 13 2008 A portrait of a Nelson identity and boat-builder who turns 95 on Wednesday has found its way into a prestigious national exhibition and art competition. Nelson artist Bill Burke has been selected alongside 102 others to exhibit for the Adam Portraiture Award 2008 at Wellington’s Portrait Gallery. Jack Guard has been a Nelson boat-builder since he was 15 years old, starting out where he was born at French Pass. He moved to Nelson in 1956. His boat-building shed is still in operation on Haven Rd. Mr Guard can trace his lineage back to Betty Guard who, in the 1830s, was the first white woman born in the South Island. The family of whalers and boat-builders has featured in books and documentaries of the region’s history. Despite having his portrait done last year, Mr Guard said he hadn’t seen the painting until last week. “I think it’s marvellous what he’s done.” And how does he think Mr Burke’s portrayal of him will stack up against the other artists at the competition? “Have a go,” he said. Mr Burke said he had a fascinating time meeting Mr Guard and hearing his stories. “He’s an interesting character, that’s for sure.” Mr Burke said he only decided to enter for the biennial exhibition after being told about it by a friend. The portrait had already been finished. He will go to Wellington for the opening on February 20, but by then will already know if he has won the top prize, as it is announced early. About 300 pieces were entered for the exhibition and competition, with 103 selected last month. The guest judge was Portrait Gallery of Canada director-general Lilly Koltun.

Jack Guard

Summer Pastures

Awarded first place in the James Wren/Mosgiel Rotary Art Awards, May 2005