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Nostalgic Images: Painting by Nate Burbeck

A panoramic painting of children playing in a suburban streetLakeville, Minnesota, oil on canvas

Nate Burbeck’s paintings take everyday scenes as their subjects, often featuring rural settings, cars, and small town dwellings in landscapes across the Midwestern United States. There is something vaguely melancholy about Burbeck’s works, like a certain sense of disrepair or entropy in the images of deserted streets and graffiti on bridges.

A painting of the long grass and puddles under a concrete overpassLong Meadow Lake, Bloomington, Minnesota, oil on canvas

Burbeck paints realistically, capturing minute details of each scene such as the rust on old cars or the cracks in concrete beams on bridges. Many of his paintings seem dimly lit, as if the subjects are being captured at twilight or dawn.


The artist also recently participated in a collaborative projected entitled Re-collections, where the nature and utility of souvenirs was explored by means of physical installation and the projection of nostalgic images. Burbeck was born in Minnesota and has exhibited his work in New York, Minnesota and Nebraska among other states. 


A painting of a small Minnesotan town at dusk in winterNewmarket, Minnesota, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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