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Hunter Buck

November 2020 - January, 2021



These works investigate the relationship between painting and place. In contrast to the objective distance and grand romantic visions of much landscape painting, these pieces are firmly rooted in the soil from which they are made. A one-to-one ratio of objects captured in paint brings impression and semblance to the viewer. Physical collaboration with raw material merges with emotional reminiscence to create images which evidence the duality of our experience with natural places.

Observation, touch, process, and physical engagement coalesce in my paintings and prints to form a dialogue with abstraction, Land Art and Process-Art in order to emphasize that these paintings are connected to a place and time. These works serve as experiential collections, illuminating moments of artistic clarity inspired by specific sites and moments of contact.


Influenced by the rugged geography of his upbringing in Hawaii and Montana, a trip to Iceland in 2012 (the first of many), marked a critical shift toward works that more directly explore physical collaboration with place. Many of the resulting pieces become intimately site-specific in their details, like the repeated Coconut palm fronds of Holualoa 08 and 09, made outside his childhood home in Hawaii. While others, like the Fracture series, become amalgamations of place and experience through the combination of textures, patterns, and shapes committed to memory.

Hunter Buck (b. 1987 in Bozeman, MT) received an MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2017 and a BFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in 2012. His work includes and combines printmaking, painting, drawing, and photography. He has exhibited in Japan, Germany, France, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Anglim/Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

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