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Hal Buckner

18 Flying Point Rd
Southampton, NY 11968, U.S.A.
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Phone: 6313755268
Email: halbuckner@msn.com

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Hal Buckner (b. 1938, Whidbey Island, WA) is an innovative and versatile artist who is trained in both sculpture and painting. His current studio work is rooted in line drawing fundamentals and the female figure. The influence of water in the artist’s life and culture is reflected in a good deal of his work. It is most evident in the sensual “hammock” and “beach” series characterized by sun loving nudes in tranquil repose.

The sculptured silhouettes combine elements of contour and outline with the final product (cut from a single light weight aluminum sheet) emerging as a minimally rendered silhouette that implies solidity of form. Life-sized in scale, the surfaces of the sculptures are often burnished to create luminescence in order to emphasize shape or detail. Other surfaces remain matte and are painted flat black to provide contrast and to stress the drawn line element. The work is free standing, suspended from overhead or wall mounted in such a way as to allow light to cast dramatic shadows on walls and opposing surfaces. Light also plays an important part in maximizing the effects of the burnished metal surfaces.

“As a sculptor, light, shadow and the power of a single line have always fascinated me. The figure, in particular the female form, has been a lifelong pursuit in my work. Even when I have made a conscientious effort to depart from the figure, I have always returned to it for inspiration, challenge and the dynamism that it offers. Drawing inspiration from impressions in mass media and popular culture, I appropriate images - in part or in whole - and translate them into life-size sculptures which shed solidity while retaining the essence of form and sculptural quality.

Buckner is a professor emeritus of Pierce College, Tacoma, Washington and has taught sculpture on the collegiate level in Washington, Pennsylvania and New York for over 25 years. The artist holds a BA in art education from Seattle University, a BFA in painting and sculpture and MFA in sculpture from the University of Washington where he studied with George Tsutakawa. He also furthered his post-graduate degree by studying painting with Larry Rivers. Buckner is credited with establishing over five casting foundries and continues consulting on the design of such facilities. He currently lives in Southampton, NY and works full-time in his studio.

Statement

As a sculptor, light, shadow and the power of a single line have always fascinated me. The figure, in particular the female form, has been a lifelong pursuit in my work. The female model offers a new challenge with each twist, step, and gesture. I have not begun to tire of these fundamental challenges.

Education

  • 1971 - Studied under Larry Rivers
  • 1969-71 - Graduate Research/Painting University of Oregon
  • 1968 - MFA/Sculpture, University of Washington
  • 1966 - BFA/Painting and Sculpture, University of Washington
  • 1964 - BA/Art Education, Seattle University

Academic Experience

  • Professor Emeritus, Pierce College, WA
  • 1994-95 - Visiting Professor, Keystone Junior College, PA
  • 1992 - Adjunct Instructor, Marywood College, PA
  • 1986-88 - Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Long Island University, NY
  • 1973-86 - Assistant Professor of  Fine Arts, Southwestern Oregon Community College, OR   
  • 1965-68 - Art Department Chairperson, Shoreline High School, OR

Exhibitions

  • Jan 07 - Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany
  • Jan 05 - Hillwood Museum of Art, Brookville, NY
  • Feb 04 - Eckert Fine Arts, Naples, FL, Solo Exhibition
  • Aug 02 - Marcel Scheiner Gallery, Hilton Head, SC, Solo Exhibition
  • Jul 01 - Belenky Gallery, New York, NY, Solo Exhibition
  • Jun 01 - Clark Fine Art, Southampton NY, Group Exhibition
  • Feb 01 - Ora Sorensen Gallery, Delray Beach, Fl

Two Person Exhibitions

  • Mar 99 - Emily Peterson Gallery, Chelsea, NY, Group Exhibition
  • Mar 98 - Palm Beach Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, Solo Exhibition
  • Jan 97 - Art Spectrum Gallery, No. Miami Beach, FL Group Exhibition
  • Dec 96 - Gracie Lawrence Gallery, Delray Beach, FL, Group Exhibition
  • Jul 95 - College Misericordia, Dallas, PA, Solo Exhibition
  • Jan 94 - La Quinta Sculpture Park, La Quinta, CA Group Exhibition
  • Sep 93 - Contemporary Gallery, Marywood College, PA, Figures x 6, Invitational 
  • 1992 - Contemporary Gallery, Marywood College, PA, Regional Art ‘92
  • 1988 - Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY Members Exhibition, Honorable Mention
  • 1987 - Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY Members Exhibition
  • 1986/7 - Long Island University Gallery, Southampton, NY

Faculty Exhibitions 

  • 1986/7 - Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY Group Exhibitions
  • 1986 - Islip Art Museum, NY, Juried Exhibition
  • 1985 - Seattle University Gallery, WA, Alumni Exhibition
  • 1985 - Salty Dog Gallery, Seattle, WA, Erotic Art Exhibition
  • 1975/85 - Tacoma Art Museum, 4-14th Annual Faculty Exhibition
  • 1984 - Imago Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1984 - Pacific Lutheran University, Group Exhibition
  • 1983 - Future Art Expo, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1981/3 - Will Stone Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1983 - Southwestern Oregon Community College, OR

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1980 - Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 1979 - Governor’s Invitational Art Exhibition, Olympia, WA
  • 1978 - Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 1975/6 - Fred Cole Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 1975 - Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA Solo Exhibition
  • 1967/75 - Seattle Art Museum, WA, 54th & 60th NW Annual
  • 1973 - Portland Art Museum, OR, Sculpture/Landscape
  • 1968/72 - Coos Bay Art Museum, OR, Solo and Group Exhbitions
  • 1967 - Henry Gallery, University of Washington, WA

Future Exhibitions

  • 2008 - Gallerie Vonderbank, Berlin & Homberg, Germany
  • 2007 - Stanley Schultz Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Gallery Representation

  • Eckert Fine Art, Naples, FL
  • D.C. Moca, Washington, DC
  • Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany
  • Galerie  Vonderbank, Berlin & Homberg, Germany
  • Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT