(Manchester, England, 1957 - )
Lives London, England
Having studied art history in the 1970s, Bucklow worked as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London throughout the 1980s before pursuing a career as an artist. Bucklow worked in the paintings department at the Victoria & Albert, where he conducted research on late eighteenth-century romanticism. He later did research in the museum’s photography department. He also became interested in astronomy, physics, and the artwork of William Blake (British, 1757–1827).
Bucklow’s early conceptual artworks were inspired by nature and plant forms. He created paintings, drawings and video works. An accomplished writer, his work is also informed by an interest in Jungian psychology. Bucklow’s experimentation with photography led to his Guest series of solar pinhole photographs, for which he is best known. Much of the artist’s work is autobiographical in nature, taking on broad philosophical questions about the nature of the self in relation to the world. “The project–my life–has been a regrouping of all these split areas, he states. “Forms I have been, Forms that live in me now, and Forms I desire to become.”
Bucklow’s work has been exhibited around the globe and is included in such major public collections as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.