ARTIST STATEMENT Born in 1970, Derek Buckner at present lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and their two sons. The artist graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, as well as Vassar College, The Art Students League of New York and received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
During his career the artist has discovered many different themes, but there is one theme in particular that Bucker always has been drawn to: urban landscapes. In most of his paintings, Derek allows his viewers a distinctive look into his everyday surroundings, trip and adventures. For a big part, Buckner paints his environments that include but not limited to factory rooftops, bridges, urban cityscapes and more.
In Derek Buckner's most recent series of paintings, the vibrant palate and intensity of light, lend his subject matter deferential weight. Buildings and factories appear not only as elements of industrial Brooklyn but also as blocks of pure color. " For me, painting is not about inventing something new but instead it's the act of seeing and considering my world from new perspectives. A painting, unlike a photograph, does not represent a moment in time but is itself and collection of memories and decisions - an artifact of an experience. It is the desire to translate my experience of seeing through paint, which compels me to put my brush to canvas. In order for me to paint I need to be emotionally excited by a subject, “the artist states. Buckner’s goal is not to copy what he sees but to provoke that same excitement in the viewer also.
EDUCATION Laguardia High School of Music and Art Vassar College The Art Students League of New York B.F.A The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Boston Museum School: Stone Carving Program, Carrara, Italy
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2019 Gowanus Cityscapes, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2018 New Paintings, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2016 New Cityscapes, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2015 Expanses, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2014 George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2012 City Views, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2011 Recent Paintings, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010 Recent Paintings, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2009 New Paintings, Miami-Dade Public Library, FL 2009 Marshmallows, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Recent Paintings, Craven Gallery,Martha's Vineyard, MA 2008 George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2008 Slocumb Gallery, East TEnnessee State University, Johnson City, TN 2007 Works on Paper, George Bilis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Recent Paintings, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2006 American Perspectives, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Recent Paintings, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2005 New Works, Laurel Tracey Galleries, Red Bank, NJ 2005 Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY 2005 Carol Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA 2004 Recent Paintings, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY 2002 Recent Paintings, Carol Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA 2001 Fast Enough To Catch It, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2013 Art In Embassies Project, American Embassy in The Gambia 2013 The Cityscape Show III, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Colorful Antics, Group Show, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013 In The City, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2011 Recent Work, Pamela Williams Gallery, Amagansett, NY 2011 Gallery Artists, Laurel Tracey Gallery, Red Bank, NJ 2011 The Buildings of New York, George Billis Gallery, NY 2009 The Open West, Cheltenham Museum, Gloucestershire, UK 2009 Summer in the City, George Billis Gallery, NY 2009 Garish, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 2009 Art Discovery in Seoul, A&C Art Fair, Seoul, Korea 2009 Mixed Green, Parish Art Museum online exhibition, Southampton, NY 2009 What's the Rush? Topics of Convenience, Cal State Fullerton, CA ETSU, TN 2009 The Concept of Contemporary Art, Meepyung Gallery, Seoul, Korea 2008 New Life Visuals, New Life Shop, Berlin, Germany 2008 Pulse Art Fair NY, Saatchi online 2008 Texas National 08, The Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University Texas (juror - Roger Shimomura) 2008 3rd Annual Human RIghts Exhibition, 2008 Juried Traveling show South Texas College Progreso Art Gallery, Mexico, University of Texas Pan American, University of Monterrey 2008 It's Gouache and Gouache Only, Andrea Meislin Gallery, NY 2007 Good Night Sun, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY 2007 Shore Scenes, Laurel Tracey Galleries, Red Bank, NJ 2005 Group Show, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Recent Acquisitions, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY 2004 NY Juried Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, Curator Charlotta Kotik (Brooklyn Museum) 2004 Out East, Laurel Tracey Galleries, Red Bank, NJ 2003 Small Packages, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY 2003 Recent Paintings, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2003 Urban Pastoral, McGrath Galleries, New York, NY 2003 Recent Landscape Paintings, Laurel Tracey Galleries, Red Bank, NJ 2002 New Paintings, Lizan Tops Gallery, Armory Show, NY 2002 Recent Paintings, Laurel Tracey Gallery, Red Bank, NJ 2002 A Summer Place, Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, NJ 2001 Recent Painting: Carol Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA 2000 Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY 2000 Carol Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA 1998 Catherine Dail Fine Art, New York, NY 1998 Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 1998 Galleria de Todos Santos, Todos Santos, Mexico 1997 Catherine Dail Fine Art, New York, NY 1997 Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX 1997 Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 1996 Lyons Weir Gallery, Chicago, IL
PUBLISHED IMAGES Lillies, Cannonballs Review, Winter 2008 Folio, A Literary Journal at American University, Winter 2008 Making America, Volume 2, (Cover), 2007
PRESS American Art Collector: April 2014 American Art Collector: May 2012, "Derek Buckner, Industrial Brooklyn." Daily News, April 2012: HIS BRUSH WITH BROOKLYN. Wall Street Journal: "Diving into the Gowanus," by Lizzie Simon, April, 2012. George Washington Literary Review, January, 2012. Flavorpill: 2010, May 20th. The New York Sun: When Marshmallows are the Muse: Chat with the artist, By Lizzie Simon Flavorpill: 2009, August 29th. Flavorpill: 2008, October 4th. NY Magazine Vulture: 2008, Artist Derek Buckner on Painting Marshmallows, Emma Pearse. Saatchi Online: March 26, 2008, Daily Magazine Blog. Lillies and Cannonballs: Volume 3, Number 2, 2008. American Art Collector: Septmenber, 2008, "Derek Buckner: Cities of consumption." Spray Blog: Spraygraphic November 7 2007 interview with Derek Buckner. Saatchi Online: December 1, 2007, Daily Magazine Blog, "Top Ten Exhibition Picks." Saatchi Gallery: September 2006, Tanya Larkin interview with Derek Buckner. The New Yorker: September 2006, Goings On About Town; short review. The New Yorker: March 21, 2005. East Hampton Star: November 3, 2005. The New Yorker: March 21, 2005 Derek Buckner "Precisely observed rooftop views of New York that bring to mind muddied, modern-day Canalettos. A series of smaller paintings of panel-sided trucks make the planes and blocks of color even more defined." The Hub Paper: November 17, 2004: Landscape paintings at Laurel Tracey Gallery. The New York Times: By Helen A.Harrison, September 12, 2004, Art Reviews; Of Marshes, Coastal Inlets And Zippers Buried in Latex. East Hampton Star: The Arts, July 8, 2004. By Robert Long, Opinion: Ceramics, Glass, And Abstraction; Whimsy and the fantastic at Canio's, Lizan Tops. Los Angeles Times: Joe Cummings, "Disappearing Into Todos Santos," February, 2004. East Hampton Star: The Arts. By Rose C.S. Slivka, From the Studio, June 26, 2003. Vassar Quarterly: Summer 2002. The New York Times: By Phyllis Braff, December 24, 2000, Art Reviews; Probing the Mysteries Behind Mexican Masks. Tameme: journal of new writing from North America - Canada, the US and Mexico. #1 The Premier Issue 1998. Poetry Magazine: David Yezzi. Short Reviews. Cover By Derek Buckner, 1997. Art Scene: The Guide to Art Galleries and Museums in Southern California February. East Hampton Star: The Arts. By Sheridan Sansegundo Opinion: Bold Colors, Bolder Variety A cheery holiday show at Lizan Tops. East Hampton Star: The Arts. October, 18, 2001, Mystery and Skyline. By Robert Long Conde Nast Traveler, September, 2007. Folio Journal, Winter, 2007. The New Yorker, September, 2006. The New York Post, March 26th, 2005. The LA Times, March 17th, 2002. New York Times, January 27th, 2002. Tameme Literary Journal, 1998. Santa Fe Paseo Tiempo, 1997. Poetry Magazine, 1998, 1996.
AWARDS/MENTIONS 2011 Dave Brown Projects Semi Annual Art Competition Finalist 2009 Artslant online juried showcase winner 2008 Pulse Art Fair New York, Saatchi online booth, 69th Regiment Armory 2007 Art-Interview Online Magazine: Art Interview International Online Artist Competition 2007 Official Recognition of Merit 2007 Art-online Competition (Honorable Mention) 2007 Wooloo special Exhibition - Selection for New Life Visuals 2008, New Life Shop, Berlin 2007 Saatchi Online Daily Magazine, Dec 1st, "Top Ten Exhibition Picks"
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