Hal Buckner is an innovative and versatile artist trained in both sculpture and painting. Having been raised on an island community and preferring to live close to water, the artist's work reflects the attitude and lifestyles of this particular culture. This is most evident in the artist's sensual "Hammock' and "Beach" series characterized by sun-loving nudes in tranquil repose. The sculptural drawings combine elements of contour and gestural lines, with the final product rendered in a single, light weight aluminum sheet that has been cut out, leaving only the silhouette and minimal detail to imply solidity of form. Life-size in scale, the surfaces of the sculpture are often burnished to create luminescence that is soft and controlled, to emphasize shape and mass. Other surfaces remain flat and are then painted with enamels, to provide color contrast or to stress the line element. The work is either free standing, suspended from overhead, or mounted away from the wall allowing light to pass through the voids and cast dramatic shadows on opposing surfaces. The light also plays an important role in maximizing the effect of the burnished metal surfaces.
"As a sculptor, light, shadow, and the power of a single line have always fascinated me," stated Buckner. "The figure, in particular the female form, has been a lifelong pursuit in my work." His numerous collectors worldwide include the Henry Geldzahler Collection, New York; Christine Heffner Collection, Playboy International; and Skidmore, Oweing & Merrill, Architects.
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