Robert Burridge

Robert Burridge

Join Bob Burridge when he returns to the Casa January 19 to 26,   2019

“The Casa Experience was -spiritual magic- Bob Burridge was even more masterful as an instructor than I anticipated -the Best! Kate was also wonderful”
– P. K., San Diego, CA

robert_burridgeRobert graduated from the University of the Arts (formerly Philadelphia College of Art) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design and a minor in Fine Art Painting. As a designer, he had the opportunity to create and invent new products for Litton Industries (the first production electronic cash register and bar code scanner for retail and food stores), Becton- Dickinson (medical, surgical and biomechanical devices) and as the Principal Designer for Westinghouse Electronic Corporation, he produced product designs for 15 Divisions, receiving the Grand Industrial Design Award of the Year in 1976 for a Power Circuit Breaker, an Uninterruptible Power System, an Advanced Nuclear Control room consoles and Industrial Control switches.


“The Magic Family”, acrylic, Robert Burridge

And finally, as an independent design consultant living in Santa Barbara, California, he invented new wheelchairs for the severely disabled, designed the first digital sound editing consoles for a Hollywood sound studio to edit the blockbuster movie, “StarsWars” and created the electronic circuit breaker featured in the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Roberts’ other product designs include a kitchen line for Corning Glass, a hands-free automatic soap dispenser and hand dryer for public rest rooms, surgically implanted body parts, custom wheelchairs for Cerebral Palsied children, brain surgical drills as well as a few whimsical products like tubular fabric lights, desk accessories and Teva Sandals, to name a few. During this time he held the honored position as Consultant to the President’s Committee for the Handicapped, Adjunct Professor of Design at Cooper Union Art College, NewYork, the Visiting Critic Advisor for photography at Harvard University and finally, CEO and Design Principal of his own advertising and design agency, which was rated as Fortune’s Top, Fastest Growing Companies in 1984. He was elected into the Human Factors Society and the International Council of Color Consultants. Robert holds 23 design, mechanical and chemical patents. During all this time, however, at night and on weekends, he turned into another person… a painter. Eventually his ever longing passion to invent new paintings consumed him.

Bob Burridge, “Start Abstract Painting Today – The Magic Studio” video.
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In 1985, he turned his passion into his second career. Robert retired from industrial design and became a full time, contemporary fine art painter, moved to California’s Central Coast and prepared to paint for the rest of his life. Today, besides painting, he is an invited juror for international art shows, college and national painting workshop instructor, and teaches a fine art mentor program in central France. Recently selected as the honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, he holds a signature member position with them and with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

Roberts’ original paintings can be seen in six international galleries, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles, eight tapestries and on fine art edition prints in upscale retail stores and cruise ships. Roberts’ work has received lifetime honors, including The Franklin Mint Award and recently the Philadelphia Water color Society’s prestigious Crest Medal Award for achievement in the arts previously awarded to Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O Keeffe.

It is said “your heart doesn’t know how old you are.” For robert, it’s true. Painting everyday in his small studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, he feels like a kid again playing with color, design, paint and canvas, which reminds him of the saying, “It’s never too late to be what you should have always been.” Follow your bliss!

Robert teaches a variety of painting workshops to professional and emerging painters throughout the United States, Mexico and France. His workshops have historically changed artists’ lives forever. Daily, he receives letters and emails from artists who have attended his classes and whose careers have taken off in new and productive directions.  Robert Burridge has written and published two artist books: Loosen Up Studio Workbook and Art Marketing: The Business of Selling Your Art. Plus he produced and starred in five teaching videos and DVDs. His wife, career manager and best friend, Kate, co-produced all of the above. He is also a contributing writer for Art Calendar magazine and has written features for various magazines, periodicals and newsletters.

Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop in Mexico
A Unique Workshop with Robert Burridge
January 19 to 26, 2019
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“Joseph Campbell said that the key to a life well lived, with purpose and meaning was to “follow your bliss.” Great advice, but just what does that mean? Come to the Boca and meet people who are doing just that. Not just Bob and his family, but others you will encounter in the course of the week of activities embody Campbells’ advice. The things you do and see go well beyond the usual workshop experience. You will leave inspired and contemplating a return to Boca de Tomatlan.” – Pat.K. – Los Angeles

Robert Burridge Shares –

“Starting my Day in the Studio”
I’m often asked, “How do I start?” The very first thing I do after walking to my Studio is to prepare the place to be productive. Anything that does not serve me for “the day’s painting assignments” is put away out of sight. I prefer a clean, uncluttered studio when I create. The tables are covered with polyethylene and taped down. Next, Sirius Radio or Pandora sets the atmosphere. And furthermore, I have an old habit left over from the 60s… I light incense. Again, it sets the tone, calms me and helps me focus on the task at hand.

Always with me is my sketchbook with notes and any painting assignments that Kate and I have determined from our earlier morning meeting. And some mornings I play my electric drum set I have in the corner. I play for an hour – it’s my stretching exercise. Now I’m ready to paint. It’s 8:30am… like a real job!

Usually, every morning I start with small 6×9 inch warmup paint sketching consisting of a series. The Painting of the Month Club starts with this excersise. After an hour or so, I’m ready to get into my major purpose of the day – the body of work I’ve been painting for awhile, such as my exhibit series, a museum show or the Sausalito Art Festival. By this time I’m usually in the groove, which will last all day, uninterrupted.

Before painting, I journal. This becomes my “job description” and includes my daily four Cs. What’s the CONCEPT? The big idea. What’s the COLOR COMBINATION? I place on the table only those tubes of predetermined colors, plus black and white. What’s the COMPOSITION? I have twelve to choose from. The next C is a no-brainer – COMMITMENT to the concept. I’m a painter and I’m committed to the task at hand. And the last C is CONTINUE THE SERIES.

Some of my studio tables hold pre-gessoed and precut paper taped down. Others tables have a stack of small canvases; and on the wall hangs larger canvases. The stage is set for my typical studio day. Once all this is in place, I paint all day without stopping the flow of “creative automatism.” Once I start painting, I am all about production and flow. I can trace all that back to my earlier life to product design and manufacturing… and that’s how I start!
Robert Burridge, 2013

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Abstract Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop in Mexico
A Unique Workshop with Robert Burridge

JANUARY 25 – FEB 1, 2020

FEB 1 – FEBRUARY 8, 2020

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