Burleigh Kronquist began making art around 35 years ago. He started by working with found materials to create rough sculptural pieces, but soon began painting. Kronquist has no official art training and his academic background is mainly in literature and general humanities, with an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. He took the “art name” Burleigh Kronquist (legal name: Robert Burleigh) partly to separate from his writing life (his profession is writing children’s picture books), and partly because in making art he felt he began to operate more widely and freely, which seemed to require a new name. Since the early 1990s, Kronquist has shown his art in individual and group shows in Chicago, New York City, Portland, Oregon, several cities in Michigan, and elsewhere around the country. He currently lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.
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I don’t “make” art; I find art. Through this process of unmasking, the “found” image—while still containing hints and echoes of the original—becomes new. As I work, I add to the found material using paint or other media, aiming for surfaces that are both aesthetically appealing and metaphorically powerful.