Approved: 16.08.2006

Jon Buck

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
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'

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  • Location: Stroud, South West

Biography

Concepts 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

Solo exhibitions 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 Group exhibitions 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 Public commissions 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 Corporate commissions 2005 - Aurora, Haberdasher's Livery Hall, City of London Publications 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.