DAN BURFIELD

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Burfield was born in Wooster, OH. He studied art and design along with computer science at the University of Akron in Ohio. He has travelled extensively and has worked a variety of jobs. These have included computer aided design in manufacturing, healthcare, and web design for advertising all whilst pursuing his own artistic agenda. Residing now in Pittsburgh, PA, the childhood home and museum of Andy Warhol, Dan’s work is inspired by pop art, commercial advertising, and classic gaming.


His work concentrates on themes and colors held within the materials found. Combining old and new materials, he weaves a collage of pinball, pop icons, often adding LED and neon lighting. At the moment, he is exploring pop art portraiture as it relates to themes in the recycled arcade materials he incorporates into each piece.


Burfield’s future goals are to install large scale murals in commercial environments. He also aspires to teach kids how to create art from discarded materials while educating them on the importance of recycling and conserving our consumption.

Clients include: The Replay Foundation, Melt Bar and Grilled, and The Barenaked Ladies.


Media appearances include: WTAE, PAPA TV Live, This Flippin Podcast, Coast 2 Coast Pinball, Bro, Do You Even Pinball?, Pinball Profile with Jeff Teolis K106FM, ON, Canada, The Pinball Podcast.


Printed media appearances include: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, Fun With Bonus, Reloved Magazine, Shore Home & Garden Magazine, Upcycle That, Buzzfeed.

He has exhibited several times in Pittsburgh as well as Akron, OH. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Artist Statement

My work evokes nostalgia and reminds one of a joyful past. Combining the old with the new, it directs the viewer’s attention to long forgotten beauty now slated for the landfill. My mission is to preserve and rescue and to leave a legacy of beauty revived. Through the repurpose of broken and discarded materials, I challenge the viewer to focus on the details and in doing so, reassign their value to art.

 

Work Statement

Audrey Hepburn, 2020

Print on wood, vintage pinball

96 × 48 × 12 in

I discovered pinball at an unlikely time while looking for Christmas trees. This roadside hustler was selling more than trees; he took me to a garage adjacent to the property which was full pinball machines. I’ve been mesmerized ever since. 

One cold winter while spending Christmas alone, the television began playing Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I watched, completely relating to the characters and charmed with Audrey Hepburn’s innocent beauty.

These warm memories of unlikely formative companions bring me delightful nostalgia. I bring the two together, reinterpreting this Givenchy dress from the film Sabrina as a kinetic pinball machine. 

 

Work Statement

Audrey Hepburn, 2020

Print on wood, vintage pinball

96 × 48 × 12 in

I discovered pinball at an unlikely time while looking for Christmas trees. This roadside hustler was selling more than trees; he took me to a garage adjacent to the property which was full pinball machines. I’ve been mesmerized ever since. 

One cold winter while spending Christmas alone, the television began playing Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I watched, completely relating to the characters and charmed with Audrey Hepburn’s innocent beauty.

These warm memories of unlikely formative companions bring me delightful nostalgia. I bring the two together, reinterpreting this Givenchy dress from the film Sabrina as a kinetic pinball machine.