“Inside Out,” a retrospective that includes works on paper and large-scale oils on canvas by artist Deborah Buck, opened in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center on April 7, 2012. The collection of 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,” says 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.” Fans, artists and critics had the opportunity to get to know what is inside Deborah Buck, when they gathered at the Garrison Art Center gallery for the Artist's Talk on Sunday, April 29th.
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 Clyfford 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. Buck began showing her work professionally in the 1980’s and her work has been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Grey Art Gallery and The Bronx Museum, among other galleries and museums. She is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Design Program in New York and also sits on the Board of Trustees at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.