“I paint landscapes..."
"Or do I paint the things that inhabit the landscape...?"
"Actually, I think my work is about the things missing from the landscape, as much as the landscape itself, because, whilst I am certainly inspired by it, my work is about more than just how it looks; it’s also about the atmosphere, the unseen lives taking place in it, or that took place in it. It’s about the left overs, I suppose. The ethereal sense of being there, and the remnants of those that were there..."
"If that sounds melancholic then I think that’s something I am drawn to. Because it is the thing which doesn’t quite fit, that jars, that will catch my eye. The sharp edges and perfection of the new against the soft crumbling of the old; a half hidden and rusting storage tank behind scrubby wind bent trees; a web of cables and lines crisscrossing the skyline; the red corrugated metal sheets of a neglected shed; the forgotten cottage, its solidity broken by a single tiny window . . ."
"So my work is about that bit of our landscape that is normally edited out, out of our perception and of our experience. It is about the still silence that raise hairs or the saddness of the forgotten thing or the fizzing anticipation of the approaching rain or the earthy humidity left behind that fills the nostrils. . .”
Falmouth based artist Steven grew up in the South West. He trained as an animator and worked in children’s television. With the birth of his first child he split his time between his art and teaching. Currently Steven divides his time between his Fine Art and studying for a Masters in Illustration: Authorial Practice at the Falmouth School of Art. He has illustrated a number of books, the most recent being “Song For The Forgotten” by Cornish author Natasha Carthew and published by National Trust Books. He has had a number of solo exhibitions and also shown work with The Royal Scottish Academy, The South West Academy of Fine Art and the St Ives Society of Artists.
Steven is represented by Artworld Gallery, Falmouth and Artmill Gallery, Plymouth. "Steven Buckler is a talented emerging artist . . . his style of work is strong, expressive and yet loose. His rich colour and depth make his work interesting and stand out from the crowd." Art World Gallery Falmouth Ltd
I work with acrylic ink and so use a heavy weight 300 gsm Fabriano paper because I want to work into the surface and not only on the surface.
Once a piece is finished I use a high quality clear varnish, usually mat finish, to preserve and protect it. This gives the work a robust waterproof surface, that can be wiped clean just as a canvas can, and allows me to frame the work unglazed.
Whilst the paper is well sealed by the varnish, it will still naturally expand or contract to some degree depending on humidity. So to allow for this the paper is securely fixed across its top edge and then more loosely held in place on its remaining edges by the frame and sometimes low adhesive tape. Works on paper are frequently damaged by the acidity of unsuitable framing materials, such as tape and mount board, therefore I am careful to use acid free specialist framing materials and I try to avoid gluing or fixing the work to any backing.
The use of a robust backing board provides additional protection and in my view means the piece is actually more robust than a canvas, which can be easily damaged by pressure on its surface for only a few minutes.
I do use glass occasionally, when a fragile piece requires extra protection, but ordinarily I prefer not to because I feel it alters the colour and the contrast of the work. Also my work is often textured and it seems a shame to not be able to touch it.
Of course, you may want the extra protection and peace of mind that glass will provide and so I am happy to fit it on request. I can provide a quote for the addition of glass, including the cost for non reflective glass.
The acrylic ink I use is a permanent, archival ink that should not fade. However, whether you choose to have glass or not, it is important to carefully consider where you hang the artwork. All original artwork, whether on canvas or paper and whether behind glass or not, even UV glass, will be affected by direct sunlight overtime.
Kernowek, two person show at The Malthouse Gallery, October 2020
Royal Scottish Academy, Annual Open Exhibition, April 2020
Artmill Gallery Christmas Exhibition, December 2019 - January 2020
South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Annual Open Exhibition, November 2019
Land. Marks. solo show Artmill Gallery, July - August 2019
Solo show, Ocean Studios, June 2019
St Ives Society of Artists, Spring Open April - May 2019
Terrace Gallery, June 2021
Brye Gallery, Spring show 2021
Roy's Art Fair, May 2021