Page Eastburn O'Rourke

Page Eastburn O'Rourke

Pop Folk Art

 

I'm often asked what I call my unique style of art. While on a field trip to The Philadelphia Museum of Art as a teenager I walked into a Pop Art exhibit and was instantly mesmerized by the bright colors and bold imagery. Growing up on a lively farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania my creativity was fed by my parents ever increasing folk art collection of colorful Haitian and Mexican art, local primitive landscapes and early American ancestor portraits. Pop Folk Art is a combination of my favorite and most influential types of art. 

I have sketchbooks full of the inspiring Maine places I’ve visited and use those as well as my imagination to create my art. I enjoy the challenge of looking at a complex landscape and simplifying it down to its essence through color, form and shape. Influenced by color theorist Josef Albers, I work with the visual effects of color relationships to achieve space and depth. I choose my palette once I get back to my studio and reflect on how the place made me feel. 

I paint in acrylics on birch art panels. Recently incorporating a table saw into the mix I’ve been exploring my love of shapes in 3D form by designing, cutting and judiciously incorporating the 3D elements into my paintings. 

I graduated from George School, a Quaker School in Newtown, Pa.,majored in Fine Arts at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct. I studied illustration at Parsons School of Design. 

I live in Yarmouth, Maine with my husband Kevin and we have two sons, Griffin and Duncan. They are great guys and a supportive team, helping me set up shows, critique my art when I'm stuck, trouble shoot with technology and go on art field trips for inspiration. Our house is filled with colorful, local art. It’s said art carries the energy of the artist who painted it, I feel grateful to have met and know the artists in our collection. 

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Radio Maine Episode 17: Page Eastburn O'Rourke

Page Eastburn O’Rourke brings joy to people of all ages. A full-time artist and children’s book illustrator, she developed her artistic style at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was heavily influenced by the color work of Josef Albers, and then Parsons School of Design in New York City. Page is beloved in the Yarmouth Maine area, and her travels have allowed her to introduce what she describes as “pop folk art” to countless others around the state. Join us on Radio Maine as we explore Page’s personal journey and find out how it has influenced her unique approach to art and life.


Page Eastburn O'Rourke Short Documentary

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