John Buck (b. 1946) creates works that demonstrate an insight and a unique perspective on the social and political realities of today. The pieces often explore the enormity and complexity of conflict, yet Buck’s figures are whimsical and resilient. Buck was born in Ames, Iowa, and earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Inspired by his association with Roy DeForest, William Wiley and Robert Arneson while receiving his MFA at the University of California, Davis, Buck’s free-standing painted wood sculptures of the seventies were ironic commentaries on aspects of the male role in society. As he developed, however, Buck’s interest in politics and concern for the natural environment has resulted in a highly personal body of sculpture, painting and works on paper. He has been commissioned for several public works in Washington, Iowa, California, Illinois, Hawai’i, Colorado, Texas, and Ohio, and his works have been exhibited and collected at institutions across the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and The Whitney Museum of Art.


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