Malcolm Bucknall: Pinning Down the Elusive is Tricky Business

November 7 - 28, 2015

Take a virtual tour of the show here.

Born in Twickenham, England, in 1935, Bucknall's early interest in art led him at 18 to India and Santiniketan, the Ashram of Rabindranath Tagore, then to Chelsea Art School, London, the University of Texas (BFA), and the University of Washington (MFA). This rolling stone foundation settled into a fixed career as a professional artist that has continued since 1963. He has had gallery affiliations in New York City, Seattle, New Orleans, Taos, Austin, Dallas and Houston.

Besides 16 prizes in national and regional shows, special recognition includes a major NEA fellowship, 1985 – 1986, and inclusion in the Smithsonian' s Archives of American Art (one of 40 artists from this quadrant of the country selected in 1980 for continuing career documentation for possible historical interest.)

He has shown widely and has work in many public and notable private collections. His images have worldwide exposure through music releases of groups like Nirvana and Jesus Lizard, and extravaganzas such as Lollapalooza. In addition, his work has been displayed in more sedate venues such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Houston Grand Opera.

A chameleon-like eclecticism has characterized his work to various distinct periods of art-historical (and non-art-historical) influences, but the common thread in Bucknall's "re-visionist" imagery is an animal-human mix. As in myth and fairytale, this gives a child-like directness that promotes a more direct link to fears, love, emotions, humor and the unconscious.

Preview show

Fine contemporary art gallery in Austin, Texas | Wally Workman Gallery

Closed Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen at noon on Friday, November 27.

Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. The gallery has two stories of exhibition space where one can view the 56 artists currently represented, including the contemporary talents of Will Klemm, Joyce Howell, and Ian Shults as well as the figurative work of Tracey Harris and Fatima Ronquillo.

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