From his earliest days Jon Buck has worked against the supposed mainstream and pursued his own interests of the figure and the natural world. In his earlier work, the content was overtly expressed through quite complex and relatively figurative compositions. In an attempt to draw together in a more meaningful way the two elements of his interest, his work has become centred on the 'making' processes of casting from clay and plaster into bronze. In his most recent work, human, animal and particularly bird forms have amalgamated to create images that rekindle our vestigial relationships and connections within Nature. The sculptures act as intercessors between our contemporary selves and a more ancient, unconscious self that connects with our primitive, fundamental nature.Career path
Born in 1951, Jon Buck studied at Nottingham and Manchester Art Schools. He went on to be a Fellow in Sculpture at Cheltenham College of Art and was the first Artist in Residence for Thamesdown Borough Council in 1983. In 1990 he was elected a Member of the Royal West of England Academy and in 1994 became an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. He has completed many public commissions including 'Embracing the Sea' for Deal, Kent, 'Returning to Embrace', Canary Wharf, London, 'In the Swim', for West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, and 'Family' for the new Paddington Central development in London. 'Embracing the Sea' won the Rouse Kent Public Art Award in 1995. Jon has also been appointed Artist Consultant to Pontpridd Town Centre Enhancement Scheme in 1999/2000 and to Caerphilly Town Centre Enhancement Scheme in 1995. His work is regularly exhibited both in UK and abroad and is held in many public and private collections.
CV & Education
2009 - Behind the Lines, Pangolin London, London
2009 - Jon Buck, Pangolin London, London
2005 - Odd Birds and Other Selves, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire
2001 - Courcoux and Courcoux, Stockbridge, Hants
2000 - Intimate Connections, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire
1995 - One Man Show, Coombs Contemporary, London
2010 - Crucible, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire
2010 - Figuring It Out, Gallery Pangolin, Gloucestershire
2010 - Stirred for a Bird, Gallery Pangolin, Gloucestershire
2009 - A Celebration of British Sculpture, Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, Leicester
2009 - British Silver Week 2009, various venues, London
2009 - Fire and Brimstone, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire
2009 - In the Mix, Pangolin London, Kings Place, London
2009 - Sculptors' Prints, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire
2008 - Image, Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
2008 - Sterling Stuff II, Pangolin London, Kings Place, London
2006 - Animals and Birds, Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London
2005 - Out of the Melting Pot, Parc Heintz, Dexia Banque, Luxemburg
2004 - Ashbourne Gallery, Ashbourne, Derbyshire (annually since 1995)
2004 - Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire (annually since 1995)
2003 - Introspect, Gallery Pangolin, Chalford, Gloucestershire
2003 - Sterling Stuff, Sigurjon Olafsson Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Royal Academy, London
2003 - Synergy, UBS, Curzon Street, London
2003 - Tooth and Claw, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2002 - Fantastic Animals, Donjon de Vez, Paris
2002 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2002 - Sterling Stuff, Gallery Pangolin, Gloucestershire
2002 - Thinking Big, Peggy Guggenhein Collection, Venice
2001 - Sculpture at Goodwood, West Sussex
2000 - Bronze, Holland Park, London
2000 - Sculpture 2000, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes
1999 - Shape of the Century, Canary Wharf, London
1999 - The Shape of the Century, Salisbury, Wiltshire
1998 - Eye to I, Les Brasseurs Gallery, Liege, Belgium
1998 - Portsmouth Cathedral
1998 - RWA Academicians Exhibition, Bristol
1998 - Zoosculpt 98, London Zoo
1997 - Albemarle Gallery, London
1997 - Sixteen Sculptors, Sladmore Gallery, London
1997 - Thirty years of Cheltenham Fellows, Cheltenham
1996 - Galerie Ellison- Marshall, Bordeaux, France
1996 - Jersey Wildlife Preservation Society, Jersey
1996 - Monumental, Helan Arts Foundation, Belgium
1995 - Animal Magnetism, Hanina Gallery, London
1995 - Biennual Exhibition, Deans Court, Dorset
1995 - Bronze, Cleveland Gallery, Middlesborough
1995 - Tower Bridge Expo. London
2008 - Out of the Blue, Odyssey Complex, Belfast
2007 - Ship to Shore, Portishead Quays, North Somerset
2004 - Flat Out, Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, Bristol University, Bristol
2002 - Family, Paddington Central Development, London
2001 - Equilibrium, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes
2000 - Family, Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes
2000 - In the Swim, West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton
1999 - Returning to Embrace, Canary Wharf, London
1998 - Embracing the Sea, Deal Pier, Kent
1996 - New Age, New Consulate General Building, Hong Kong
2005 - Aurora, Haberdasher's Livery Hall, City of London
2005 - Bronze Sculpture, Casting and Patination, Mud Fire Metal, Steve Hurst, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
2005 - Modern Britsh Sculpture, Guy Portelli, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
2002 - A Vision for Twenty First Century British Sculpture, Sculpture at Goodwood.
2002 - Concepts for Twenty First Century British Sculpture: Thinking Big, Sculpture at Goodwood.
2002 - Sculpture at Goodwood - British Contemporary Sculpture, Sculpture at Goodwood.
2000 - Bronze:Contemporary British Sculpture Holland Park, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Libraries & Arts Service.
1995 - The Encyclopedia of Sculpting Techiques, John Plowman, Running Press.
1989 - Art for Public Places, Malcolm Miles, Winchester School of Art Press.
1982 - Superhumanism 2 - A Survey of a Current Art Movement, Nicholas Treadwell Publications.