Marc Bur­ck­hardt

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Painter Marc Bur­ck­hardt spends half the year in Austin, Texas, and the other half in Ger­many, where he was born. His work, which spans 30 years, is in­spired by the old masters of the Flem­ish Re­nais­sance, a group of 16th-cen­tury al­le­gor­i­cal artists. To cre­ate the cone snail on page 64, Bur­ck­hardt lay­ered acrylics, then oils, on pa­per, em­pha­siz­ing the shape of the mol­lusk’s shell, the shad­ows of the deep sea, and the drama of a kill. The re­sult, he says, is evoca­tive of a 3D mu­seum dio­rama—and a stir­ring re­minder of the line be­tween life and death.

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