Thomas Burke’s bigger, bolder Op Art

Thomas Burke’s new paintings are eye-grabbing extravaganzas that pack more visual wallop into their brightly colored surfaces than has been seen since artists like Richard Anuszkiewicz, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak and Victor Vasarely invented Op Art in the 1960s.

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That short-lived moment, along with Photo-Realism, are two of the few that have not been revisited, recycled and rehashed by subsequent generations, whose members increasingly seem to be vultures picking smaller and smaller scraps from the carcass of art history.

In contrast, Burke treats Op as a springboard into something bigger and bolder and more muscular

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