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Brian Burke - "Zoot"


Brian Burke - "Zoot"


Brian Burke - "Zoot"


Title: "Zoot" Sims, 1983
Artist: Brian Burke
Image Size: 17" x 14"
Description: Oil on paper. Signed bottom left. Matted and framed under glass.

John Haley "Zoot" Sims (1925-1985) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist known for his exuberance, mellow tone, and sense of swing. Sims was born into a family of vaudeville artists, and played drums and clarinet from an early age. He began learning tenor sax at age 13. Within two years Sims was a professional, and he played during his teenage years with several big bands. He got his nickname while working Ken Baker.

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Brian Burke was born in Charlottetown. He studied design at Holland College (1971-73), and Fine Art at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1974). Burke divides his time between Prince Edward Island and Switzerland. His work has been supported by the PEI Council of the Arts and Canada Council for the Arts. It has been exhibited in numerous public galleries in group and solo exhibitions and at international art fairs and is in many collections in Canada (including the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown), the U.S. and Europe. Burke was named Royal Canadian Academy in the spring of 2003. Hes known mainly as a figurative painter.

“Painting for me is an activity not unlike playing jazz. With jazz I require interaction with other people to find that state where I am, in effect, watching myself play. If all is going well I can achieve a similar 'state of grace' while in the act of painting. I paint to find that space. The resultant painting doesn’t make the viewer privy to any great 'truth'. He is the same as one who listens to music– he is afforded the opportunity to retrace the artist’s steps and become an interpreter. This activity is the audiences’ source of gratification,” - Brian Burke.