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ART ✜ REALISM

Welcome to the official universal world of Art + Realism – a one-stop online art products store, art gallery and digital platform showcasing creativity, innovation and inspiration by multi-cultural and New Zealand based visual artist Burkee, known as Jacquie Burke. 

Founded in 2020 from an ongoing passion and love for life & nature, the ever-evolving catalog includes a diverse range of art & photography prints captured on the fly, original paintings & artworks, creative art imaginings & universal products inspired by daily life and nature explorations.

Crafted and curated by artist and realist Burkee (Jacquie Burke) all collections are purposefully created to enhance a new way of thinking, embrace cultural diversity, promote change and lead us into the future.

Burkee's ethos is a simple and fundamental one—Bring attention to the boundless beauty of nature and enhance Human nature for the greater good of Everyone—Build a mindful and consciously aware brand that keeps us connected to the bigger picture and reminds us of the foundational principles of life.

Artandrealism.com is engineered and independently run by Burkee. Offerings of Universal Art for Everyone include real world traditional art practices immersed with digital offerings in a new world that's globally accessible for anyone, from anywhere in the world. 

The rest from here. Is history.

“ ART & REALISM IS A REFLECTION OF MY LIFE. IT TELLS MY STORY. MY TRUTH. MY ART. ”

— Burkee

SHE. HER.

STORY

Based in New Zealand, currently living in Auckland, Burkee is an artist and realist. Of Fijian decent and heritage, her strong connection with the South Pacific Islands, the people, the land and ocean hold great significance in her life and greatly influence her art and storytelling.

Proud of her indigenous DNAJacquie creates original art that hold memories and moments of life she has experienced holidaying and living in the islands. These imaginings are important to her and her way of honouring her bloodline that keeps her connected to her ancestors, heart and home.

Growing up as a kiwi kid of the 70’s, living on a Kiwifruit orchard, Jacquie was lucky enough to live close to the ocean where experiencing the true taste of what New Zealand has to offer was at her doorstep. Holidaying at the beach, camping kiwi style, actively surfing, hunting local waterways and gathering coastal shellfish all played a big part in her life. It’s these nostalgia moments and childhood memories Jacquie pulls her inspiration from.

Today, still fortunate to still live close to the water in an urban setting, she makes the most of her surroundings balancing her life with regular recreation time rituals actively playing in the ocean, exploring local walkways and waterways, hunting, gathering and connecting with the boundless beauty of nature. Jacquie calls these rituals her daily medicine.

Jacquie’s body of work encompasses a lifetime of experiences and creative knowledge that shares Her Story. Two cultures entwined. Life inspired by nature. Art immersed with realism. Creative imaginings and visual storytelling. Conscious art with good intentions. Purposeful and meaningful art for the greater good.

Her Voice. Her Truth. Her Art.

“ TO CREATE PURPOSEFUL ART THAT ENHANCES A NEW WAY OF THINKING & PROMOTES CHANGE IS MEANINGFUL TO ME. TO INNOVATE & INSPIRE OTHERS IS THE REASON I’M AN ARTIST. ”

– Burkee

ARTIST

BURKEE

With a passion for the details in life, Burkee steers towards realism, both in art and life. Her love for art began when she was old enough to hold a crayon where doodling anything colourful became a daily thing. Although she studied art at secondary school and has never taken a painting class. Painting techniques, styles and medium explorations are learnt through trial and error. YouTube has been a godsend and up until 2020, like a lot of other emerging artists around the world, the pandemic has been the push needed to become more self-contained and painting became more than just a hobby and ongoing thoughts.

Burkee’s eye and attention to details and composition, both in mastery of craft and creative processes is dominant throughout her art and imagery. Creating, painting, connecting with nature and the ocean as a means of wellness, capturing moments on the fly with a handheld device is the passageway to Burkee’s happy place. The hope is that her art, love for life and awareness of nature - will inspire others.

Originally trained as a graphic designer, Burkee’s career of 30 years has been the creative industries as a concept visual artist and designer for branding, FMGC and hospitality, a self-employed creative and creative entrepreneur. Every inch of technology experience and knowledge is self learnt which has gifted her with skills and freedom to confidently create, engineer and build her own innovative and sustainable online art business that can support livelihood in an uncertain world.

CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Whenever possible, Burkee tries to use environmentally favoured materials for original paintings and artwork. Using recycled canvases and natural materials that speak Earth elements and protecting nature is all part of the bigger Burkee picture.

This conscious decision she feels adds a new dimension to her working giving her original paintings their own iunique story. It’s also her way to make a tiny difference in the world with the hope to inspire other artists to embrace environmental responsibilities by following suit and think more wholesomely about their art practice.

Subheading

“ I AM CONSTANTLY INSPIRED BY THE BOUNDLESS BEAUTY OF NATURE. IT’S OUR RIGHT TO PROTECT IT. WITHOUT NATURE WE HAVE NOTHING. ”

– Burkee

REALIST

BURKEE

Burkee is an important thinker. A realist. A Human Being.

Burkee is passionate about a lot of things. Humanity. Helping to protect the planet. Bringing awareness to the boundless beauty of nature and the ocean. Showcasing endangered species, inspiring others to follow a mindful path and being conscious of universal fundamentals are all part of Burkee’s ethos and bigger picture.

Enhancing Human nature for the greater good, embracing diversity and promoting change is also part of Burkee’s grand master plan. Her vision is to create art and visual storytelling full of purpose that will touch hearts and stir value systems. Burkee wants her creativity to open up Human minds to a new way of thinking, by taking an old consciousness and awakening a new consciousness. To align like-minded thinkers and art lovers around the world who connect with her at the end of the day is what's really important to her.

With a pandemic aftermath at stake the future of art is very real and present. Innovation and technology has forced her to pivot and change the forefront of her traditional vision. Being an adaptable artist in 2022 living in a constantly changing digital ecosystem in a fast-moving new world is now very much a reality and reaching global collectors anywhere at anytime is tangible more than ever.

Creating affordable and easy accessible art thats digital to save on worldwide delays and embracing blockchain technology have been additional drivers to build the Universal World of Burkee® To give worldwide art lovers and collectors more choices on how they choose their art is now the future. To diversify as an artist and be prepared for this new digital next wave, enter and ride the Metaverse and offer more art solutions naturally offers broader opportunities to showcase art and have more earning potential.

The rest from here. Is history.

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