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Derek Buckner

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Multitude oil on canvas 96" x 84"
Conspiracy oil on canvas 64" x 64"
Conspiracy #2 gouache on panel 12" x 12"
The Mourners gouache on paper 11" x 12"
Rejection gouace on panel 12" x 9"
Artist's Statement

In my most recent series of paintings, I try to achieve painterly virtuosity as well as master formal concerns by focusing on the play of light and shadow over the folding undulations of drapery. These works cross the line between abstraction and realism and by focusing in on large folds of drapery and large pillows pressed up against one another they function both as still lives and landscapes as well as abstractions. In two of the larger paintings, "Conspiracy" and "Multitude" I have developed this subject matter further by incorporating shrouded figures. The figures are covered with large white material and grouped in close configurations. The effect is both reminiscent of ancient artistic traditions as well as contemporary imagery. It is through expressive use of paint and a gestural approach to the subject that I attempt to a evoke a wealth of emotion while playing with notions of eroticism, fear and ambiguity.



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


2010: Recent Paintings, , George Billis Gallery, New York

Paredolia, Miami Public Library Main Gallery


New Paintings, Miami-Dade Public library, Florida

Marshmallows, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles

Recent paintings, Craven Gallery Marthas Vineyard MA


Marshmallows, George Billis Gallery, New York

UFO Series, Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University

Works on Paper, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles

Recent Paintings, George Billis Gallery, New York
American Perspectives, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles