Brad Burkhart’s art explores the collective, cultural calling many of us feel to reintegrate intuition with rationality. As an undergraduate art major, Brad traveled extensively in Europe absorbing the profound influences of medieval and Renaissance artists. He was struck by the shift represented in art from that period, when humanity moved from a spiritual to an intellectual orientation. Later, thinkers such as Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Leonard Schlain, Suzi Gablik, and Riane Eisler, all of whom address the value of integrating intuitive knowing with rational thought, began to lend inspiration to the artist’s concept and purpose. Brad creates clay relief panels depicting mythic, intuitive scenes that seem to offer a story about how we can address the deep sense of alienation from self, nature, and one another that many people experience today.
Brad says of his work:
I believe art holds an important role for addressing modern circumstances with holistic understanding. The stories in my sculptures catalyze discoveries of truth and reintegrate the importance of intuition at a time when logic and analysis have been valued to a fault.... READ MORE