Artist Gharan Burton: Artassination and the abstract human form

Local artist Gharan Burton’s latest show, Artassination, is on display at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh through March 4.

Local artist Gharan Burton’s latest show, Artassination, is on display at ROTA Gallery in Plattsburgh through March 4. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

PLATTSBURGH — Gharan Burton has been experimenting with art for a decade.

His latest exhibition, Artassination, is the culmination of that experimentation, and is on display at ROTA Gallery through

March 4.

The space contains dozens of Burton’s pieces — bright and lively paintings hang on the walls and wooden sculptures, some of which accurately emulate the human form with graceful lines, while others are more abstract, are placed on the floor and upon white pedestals.

“As an artist I like to be more creative than to just copy what I see,” Burton said. “I try to create art instead of just rendering what’s before me.”

Burton’s sculptures have a natural, polished look while his paintings contain a lot of exuberant colors, “texture and tension,” he said.

The colors and textures are applied using a knife and can readily be seen by simply looking at the pieces, but the tension, he said, is more in terms of color theory.

If Burton uses a certain color in a painting, like orange, he will deliberately use blue, its compliment.

The effect is a startling burst of color and an uncanny sense of unity within the image.

As refined as his work is, it is surprising that Burton hasn’t always pursued art.

His original career path was computer science—he has a degree in the field from Midwestern State University in Texas, but left it behind when he discovered painting abut 10 years ago.

The change was dramatic, one Burton said he has never regretted.

But then again, he always seems to be willing to move forward.

After he began painting Burton made another discovery—sculpting—a form that soon became his favorite.

His sculptures range in size from about a foot high to more than six feet tall.

To create the sculptures he uses wood he finds and prefers white oak because it’s hard and polishes well.

“I try to be simple with the material and carve out the negative space,” Burton said. “It isn’t always planned, it just comes together.”

Artassination is on display at ROTA through March 4 at ROTA Gallery, located at 50 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh. The gallery is open daily from noon until 5 p.m.

All of Burton’s paintings are for sale.

For more information, visit www.rotagallery.com or call the gallery at (518) 335-3994.

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