Hipbone Studio, has served as Portland’s primary destination for figurative artists for 35 years, On May 1, 2022. Jeff Burke, the founder of Hipbone, retired from management and has relocate to his home state of Michigan. A group of dedicated artists has formed "Friends of Hipbone" and continue Hipbone’s drop in sessions for amateurs, students and professional artists. Burke moved to Portland after a successful modeling career in New York City. Though not trained as an artist, Burke’s vision was to educate artists about the function and surface anatomy of the human body. So he provided his own body for instruction. While lecturing in the nude, he explained how dynamic movements and static poses interact. It was a completely unique approach to a centuries-old study. Over time, Burke replaced himself with Portland models that delivered a traditional drawing or painting experience to the Hipbone community.
“The multiple, weekly, uninstructed drawing sessions encouraged the view of the model as a sensitive, thinking, expressive being, a subject, rather than an object” says Burke. His model-manager goal was to “keep the public space controlled so artists can feel secure going inward, to a free, deep state of being”. The new name will be Hipbone Art Studio, to maintain the connection with Burke’s original entity. The location at 1847 E. Burnside remains unchanged.