James Burpee ‘IN A NEW LIGHT’ “IN A NEW LIGHT” is an appropriate title for these thirty or more paintings by Burpee. They are original, unique, beautiful, and luminous. They not only describe light beautifully, but the paintings radiate light. These works are original and unique because the point of view is neither nostalgic nor conventional. They are not scenic vistas, but instead are intimate and focused looks at the essential magic and invention of nature. They combine boldness and nuance, understandable things and processes with anomalies and peculiarities. The strength of the compositions contains the accidents and oddities so that the paintings retain a solid wholeness; they are paintings not just pictures. The sensibility that unifies the great variety of imagery--cascades, lagoons, clouds, cornfields, a bridge--is above all about Burpee’s feeling for beauty. His concept of beauty is revealed through intelligent and poetic form, appealing to many non-verbal feelings. Matisse spoke of the painting process as a form of active contemplation. These paintings are objects of contemplation. There is a lot to look at in all of them, and one can return to them over time and find new feelings, perceptions, and thoughts. These paintings are lyrical and evocative--beautiful. James Burpee began his professional career as an artist painter in 1960. He came to the Twin Cities in 1967 and has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities Campus. He is now retired from teaching and has a full time studio practice. James’s paintings are widely collected and are in numerous corporate, private, and national collections. His work is represented in the Twin Cities by Federal Reserve Bank, Marquette Bank, First Bank, 3M Corporate HQ, Pillsbury, Health Partners, Regions Hospital, Gelco Corp., Ellerbe Becket, Dorsey & Whitney Law, Target Corp., Fairview Southdale Hospital, Boyton Health @ Univ. of MN, U of Minnesota Cardiovascular Ctr, and others; outside the Twin Cities in New York City, Albany NY, Hawaii, Duluth, Portugal, California.