John Buck (American, b.1946) is a printmaker and sculptor best known for his bronze sculptures and woodblock prints. Buck was born in Ames, IA, and he graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in 1968. In 1971, he began studying at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME. The following year, he received an MFA from the University of California, Davis. Buck became a teaching assistant at the University of California, Davis in 1971. The next year he taught at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in Cheltenham, England. Buck was also a sculpture instructor at Humboldt State University for two years, and he served as assistant professor of sculpture at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, from 1976 to 1990.

Considered to be a master carver, all of Buck's works are first grounded in wood carving. His artwork also commonly features unique woodblock prints, massive wood sculptures, and colorful wood panels. Evoking political broadsides, cartoons, and graffiti art, his sculptures often either draw from or comment on elements of popular culture. Buck's works have become known for the significant inclusion of icons, images, motifs, and symbols evoking both the natural and the social worlds. He often uses a nail, pen, or even his fingernail to inscribe the planks of wood that form the base of his sculptures. His works frequently reflect a carved image with three-dimensional symbols used for the purpose of commentary on the surrounding world and the position of humans in that world. Buck married Deborah Butterfield (American, b.1949) in 1974. He currently divides his time between homes in Montana and Hawaii.

Buck's works are contained in a number of museums, including The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, HI, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, the Hawaii State Art Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Among Buck's works on display at the Smithsonian are Father and Son and Red Jesus. The artist currently divides his time between his homes in Montana and Hawaii.

Timeline

1946
Born Ames, IA
1968
Bachelor of Fine Arts Kansas City Art Institute & School of Design, Kansas City, MO
1970
Purchase Award, 2nd Annual Invit. Art Exh. Shasta College, Redding, CA
1971
Purchase Award, 5th Annual Juried Art Exhibition University of California, Davis, CA
1971
Studied Skowhegan School of Sculpture & Painting, ME
1972
Education: Master of Fine Arts University of California, Davis, CA
1972–1973
Professor Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham, England
1973–1975
Sculpture Instructor Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
1975
Ceramics Instructor Mira Costa College, Carlsbad, CA
1976
Visiting Artist University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
1980
Individual Artist Grant National Endowment for the Arts
1984
National Artists Award, Visual Arts
1976–1990
Sculpture Instructor Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Resides in Bozeman, MT

Exhibitions

2011
Sylvia White Gallery
2010
John Buck: Iconography + Kinetic Sculpture, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT (solo)
2008
John Buck, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2008
John Buck: Iconography, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA (solo)
2008
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2008
Re:visions, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery through 32 Years, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007
Contemporary Prints from Shark’s Ink, Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY
2007
9th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2007
Contempo 2007: Animal Instincts, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2007
Moon Proof Madness, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
2007
uncommon objects, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2007
Holter Art Auction 2007, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2007
Works from the Heart Contemporary Art Exhibition and Auction, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA
2007
Hiroki Morinue & John Buck, Nu’uanu Gallery at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI
2007
Clear Cut: Wood Sculptures from Northwest Collections, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2007
Decades, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
2007
Range of Expression II: A Montana Invitational, Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Clearmont, WY
2007
The Human Touch, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2007
Killer B’s, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006
The Dog and Pony Show, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
2006
Woodcut Prints from Shark’s Ink, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
2006
Fifth Annual Benefit Exhibition and Auction: California Dreamin’, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
2006
Visual Politics: Art of Engagement,
2006
Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC
2006
38th Annual Art Auction, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2006
Montana Collection, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2006
John Buck, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL (solo)
2006
John Buck, Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR (solo)
2005
John Buck: Sculpture and Prints, The Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery, Bozeman, MT (solo)
2005
John Buck, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
2005
John Buck Prints, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO (solo)
2005
John Buck, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY (solo)
2005
Five Presses, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
2005
Fourth Annual Benefit Exhibition and Auction, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
2005
Shark & His Ink, Exhibitrek, Boulder, CO
2005
Pressure Points, Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN
2005
12th Annual Summer Art Exhibition and Auction, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
2005
Print, Process, Collaboration, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA
2005
The Fine Art of Prints, Stewart Gallery, Boise, ID
2005
Visual Politics: Art of Engagement, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2005
Making Connections, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2005
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL (October)
2004
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
2004
Roberta Lieberman: A Sharp Eye; An Art Dealer’s 40 Year Journey, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
2003
John Buck: Sculpture and Prints, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
2003
22nd Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2002
Preview Exhibit: Spring Art Auction 2002, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2001
John Buck: New Sculpture, Reliefs & Wood Block Prints, David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO
2000
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
2000
John Buck: Recent Sculpture and Woodblock Prints, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.
2000
John Buck: Wood Sculpture, Gallery Camino Rel Boca Raton, FL
2000
Memory and Material, Constructions and Complications, David Bates, Deb, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1999–2000
John Buck, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1999
Summer Group Show, DC Moore Gallery New York, NY
1997
Contemporary Sculpture: The Figurative Tradition, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Wausau, WI
1996
John Buck: New Works, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery Chicago, IL
1995
, Robischon Gallery Denver, CO
1994
Here and Now: Bay Area Masterworks from the Di Rosa Collection, Oakland Museum Oakland, CA
1994
John Buck: Sculpture, Palm Springs Desert Museum Palm Springs, CA
1993
John Buck: Sculpture and Works on Paper, John Berggruen Gallery San Francisco, CA
1991–1993
Fourth International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Hilo, HI & traveling
1992
Dreams and Shield: Contemporary Spiritual Art, Salt Lake City Art Center Salt Lake City, UT
1991
John Buck: Large Scale Bronzes - An Outdoor Exhibition, Esprit Sculpture Garden/John Berggruen Gallery San Francisco, CA
1988
Selected Works: Shark's Incorporated, , Boulder Center for the Visual Arts Boulder, CO
1988
Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO
1988
Carlo Lamagna Gallery New York, NY
1987
Recent Graphics from American Print Shops, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond, VA
1987
, Asher/Faure Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1986
Prints by New York Artists, , Foster/White Gallery Seattle, WA
1984
The 20th Century: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, CA
1980
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery Chicago, IL
1977
San Francisco Art Institute Ceramics Annual, San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA
1972
Museum of Modern Art New York, NY

Public Collections

Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia
Library of Congress, Washington, D.
Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Contemporary Art Center, Honolulu, HI
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, CA
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL