“Inside Out,” a retrospective that includes works on paper and large-scale oils on canvas by artist Deborah Buck, will open in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center on April 7, 2012.
These colorful, expressive compositions, which span a period of twenty years, show the range of Buck’s skill and sensibilities. Piano Legs and Up In The Air are examples of her masterful handling of paint and demonstrate her wit, humor, and curiosity. Although the imagery is abstract, the pictures invite interpretation or suggest a narrative.
“The work is smart in every sense of the word,” said Bill Burback, exhibition curator and President of the Board of Directors at Garrison Art Center. “What impresses me is the boldness, strength, and originality of her imagery along with the consistency of her vision. She loves paint and has a resourceful accomplished hand and an impressive command of the medium. Buck’s work offers many rewards. They all make you want to know her.”
Now living and working in New York City, Buck is originally from Baltimore and credits her early artistic and intellectual development to her encounters with the legendary Abstract Expressionist painter Clifford Still. Impressed by her paintings, Still arranged for Buck to go to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine at the age of 18. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Buck worked for Walt Disney Productions, where she designed animated displays for installations throughout the United States and abroad.
“Inside Out” continues through May 6, with a reception for the artist on April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and an artist talk by Deborah Buck on Sunday April 29 at 2 p.m. The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.