Christopher Bucklow (British, b.1957) is a painter and photographic artist who is best known for his Guest series. This collection uses a combination of photographs and pin-hole solar illuminations of male and female silhouettes. The series is deeply inspired by the theory of Anima and Animus by Carl Jung. Bucklow was born in Manchester, England, to Roy and Doreen Bucklow. He spent his childhood years in Flixton. His artwork is exhibited in venues in both London and the United States in places such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Photographers' Gallery in London.

As a teenager, the artist became intrigued with the artwork of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley (French, 1839–1899). This fascination prompted Bucklow to make landscape paintings from around his property that were influenced by Sisley's work. He went away to school to study art history in 1975 at Leicester Polytechnic. After graduating in 1978, Bucklow began to work as a museum curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in the drawings and prints department. During that time, he began to conduct research on Romantic artwork and photography. He also became interested in astronomy, physics, and the artwork of William Blake (British, 1757–1827). While working at this museum, Buckley also wrote articles and reviews on artwork for Artscribe magazine and New Scientist magazine in London.

Bucklow’s early art projects consisted of conceptual and sculptural pieces inspired by nature and plant forms. These works included Dianthus Chris Eubanks, Potato-Tomato Plant, Pear-Hawthorn Graft and Hyacinthus Orientalis. These artworks were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and the Lisson Gallery in London in 1996. A collection called the Noosphere paintings were the first of his artworks to be transformed into photographic pieces. In 1995, he married Susan Percival at Appleton Thorn in Cheshire. He also wrote a book called Philip Guston about the late painter and printmaker, which was published in the United Kingdom in 2007. Bucklow’s most recent collection is entitled To Reach Inside a Vault. The artist currently lives and works in London.

Timeline

Born Manchester, England

Exhibitions

2004
Light & Atmosphere, Miami Art Museum, USA
2004
Riflemaker Gallery, London
2003
Recycling Lucifer’s Fall, Houldsworth Gallery, London
2003
Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva
2002
Angeli Rrose, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
2001
Christopher Bucklow: Guests and Tetrarchs, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
2001
Visionaire’s Exquisite Corpse, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2001
Unqiue(s), Houldsworth, London
2001
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
2001
Best Of Visionaire, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
2000
Vaknin Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta
2000
Choices 2000, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2000
Unique Photographs, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
1999
The Mancunian Heresy, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
1999
Canopic Fusion Reactor, Tate Gallery, St. Ives
1999
The Office of Misplaced Events (Temporary Annexe), curated by Simon Morrisey, Lotta Hammer Gallery, London
1999
Underexposed, Subway System, Stockholm
1998
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre U. of Warwick, London
1998
Paul Kasmin Gallery New York
1998
Ghosts, Stones and Rivers, Dots, Illusions, Flowers, Galerie JGM Paris
1997
Object and Abstraction, Museum of Modern Art NY
1997
Picturing Modernity , San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
1997
In Visible Light, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, England
1996
A Fool's Rain, ICA London
1996
Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
1995
Recent Acquistions, Museum of Modern Art New York
1995
T.A.S. London
1995
Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
1995
The Independent Art Space London, UK
1995
"After Art" and "The Abstract Urge", Ansel Adams Center San Francisco
1994
Guest, Herzliya Museum Israel
1994
The Earth is Like the Sun, Center for the Arts Alberta, Canada
1994
The Israel Sculpture Biennale, , En Mod Israel
1994
After Art, Henry Art Gallery, U. of Washington Seattle
1993
Cologne Art Fair, Lisson Gallery Cologne
1993
Bucklow/ Rounes, Wooster Gardens Gallery New York
1992
Inside a Microcosm, Laure Genillard Gallery London

Literature

Selected Writings and Papers by the Artist
2003 - ‘ Psychocosm’ Lecture at conference, Science Museum, London
2000 - ‘Speculations on the art of Rick Chapman’ Birdman Press, San< Francisco
1998 - ‘William Blake and The Sea of Time and Space’, SOF Magazine, England
1997 - ‘O Felix Culpa - Metaphors of Reintegration’. Essay in catalogue to Robert Davies Exhibition, Arquivo, Lisbon, Portugal
1996 - ‘Una vesta di Colore’. Essay in catalogue to Simon Callery Exhibition, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London
1995 - ‘The Beauty of the World’, Catalogue Essay to Independent Art Space exhibition, London
‘ Thought Forms’, Essay in catalogue to Susan derges Exhibition, Arnolfini, Bristol
‘Launching Points to the Realm of Mind’, Essay in catalogue to Edward Chell Exhibition, Anthony Wilkinson gallery, London
‘Guest’, Catalogue to Jeffrey Fraenkel Gallery exhibition, San Francisco
‘Anti Science’ Letter to Michael Read, See Magazine, San Francisco
1994 - ‘Human Nature’ Essay in catalogue to Mark Francis Exhibition, Maureen Paley, Interim Art, London
‘Footnotes to an Unwritten Text’, essay in catalogue to exhibition, Ex Lanifacio Bona Carignano, Turin, Italy
1993 - ‘ The Tailor Patched’, Essay in catalogue to ‘Between Sun and Earth’, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
1991 - ‘Postmodern Theories of Modernism’, Lecture at conference at the Getty Center’ Los Angeles
1989 - ‘Instantaneity and Transience’, essay in ‘British Photography - the Fine Art Tradition’, Cambridge University Press
1988 - ‘Construction and Appropriation’, essay in ‘The Art of Photography’, Yale University Press

Forthcoming Monographs
2003 - Christopher Bucklow: Drawings. British Museum, London. Essays by Marina Warner, Roger Malbert, and interview with Adam Phillips
2004 - Christopher Bucklow: Photographs, Blindspot Publications, New York. Essays by Maria Morrris Hambourg and Prof David Alan Mellor