Visiting Artists: John Buck & Deborah Butterfield

May 1, 2019

Posted In: 2019 Visiting Artist, Events, Visiting Artists

John Buck is both a sculptor and a printmaker. He works with two interrelated bodies of work: carved wood, assemblage and bronze sculptures, and large, multicolored woodblock prints.

John Buck received his MFA in sculpture for University of California, Davis in 1972. He has taught sculpture at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham, England; Humboldt State University, Arcata, California; and Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. John Buck lives in Montana and Hawaii. He has shown his woodcut and sculptures widely. He has created several major sculpture commissions and his work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Seattle Art Museum, The Library of Congress and many others.

Deborah Butterfield’s sculptural forms are based on her unique subject, horses. Constructed in wood, and cast in bronze, the freestanding sculptures are shown in two scales: life size works and smaller bronzes. With extraordinary focus and conviction, Butterfield works independently of the tides of trends and art movements. She has become a master of three-dimensional images of horses, building her sculptures with no sketches or maquettes, working directly with wood pieces or found metal scraps.

Born and raised in San Diego, Deborah Butterfield received her BA and MFA from the University of California, Davis. From the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, she taught sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and at Montana State University, Bozeman. Since 1976, she has exhibited extensively. Her work is included in numerous public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Brooklyn Museum; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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