Chris Buck

Most of the work I produce is pure abstract and sand cast in bronze. I can generally visualise the finished piece the moment I start working with what will eventually become the pattern. This may be wood, cardboard, cloth, plaster, resin or whatsoever comes to hand. For me the evolution of a piece is an organic process. There is no planning or drawing. Rarely am I aware of what the trigger for an idea was; perhaps something glimpsed somewhere or a long forgotten find. I surround myself with found objects; the studio is full of treasures of all kinds, everything from cuttlefish to scrap metal. As soon as the casting arrives from the foundry, I work through all the finishing processes, grinding, filing, texturing, patinating, polishing and finally mounting. This usually takes several days and during this time I play with ideas for the next piece.

It still gives me a real thrill and sense of achievement to have a finished sculpture in front of me. To finally see the contrast between the polished surfaces and textured patinated areas, this combined with the challenge of producing a balanced piece, is to me what it’s all about.

Selected Mixed Exhibitions:

2010 Thompson’s, London (also 2008-2009).
Thompson’s, Aldeburgh (also 2005-2009).
Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (also 2002-2009).
Members Show, Penwith Society of Arts (also 1999-2009).
Members Show, St Ives Society of Artists.
Martin’s Gallery, Cheltenham (also 2009).
Broadway Modern, Broadway (also 2002-2009).
Stour Gallery, Shipston-on Stour (also 2005-2009).
Michael Wood Fine Art, Plymouth (also 2005-2009).
Artmill Gallery, Plymouth (also 2008-2009).
London Art Fair, Islington (Belgrave Gallery, also 2007-2008).
Plymouth Society of Artists, Members Exhibition (also 2004-2009)
2009 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Show (also 2000-2008).
Ringstead Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk.
Peinmore House, Isle of Skye.
2008 Millstream Sculpture Garden, Warminster, Wiltshire.
Gallery Nine, Bath (also 2006-2007).

Awards and Memberships
Elected Member of the St Ives Society of Artists 2010.
Elected Member of the Plymouth Society of Artists 2007.
Elected Member of the Penwith Society of Arts 2003.
Morris Singer Founders Prize, RWA. Autumn Exhibition 2001.

Commissions
Law Society Excellence Awards 2009 and 2010.
TechMARK Mediscience.
The Chartered Insurance Institute.
HSBC.
NatWest Bank.
Unilever.

Bibliography
Peter Davies: St Ives 1975-2005 Art Colony in Transition, The St Ives Printing & Publishing Co. St Ives 2007. ISBN 094838545-6