Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Work of Gary Bukovnik

I just had to share the gloriously optimistic work by Gary Bukovnic. I find his work so nourishing and uplifting and I really wish that I could see it in the flesh. For those of you based in and around Beijing, you might be interested to know that he has a show opening soon...

Butterfly's Love for Flowers by Gary Bukovnic ©

On September 6, 2014, ‘Forever Spring - Gary Bukovnik Solo Exhibition’ will be opening at the Today Art Museum, China’s first and largest privately owned art museum. This exhibition will be Mr. Bukovnik’s eighth in China since he began showing his work there in 2011. The exhibition’s largest work is an 8’ x 30’ monumental watercolor installation, ‘Butterfly’s Love for Flowers’, which has been created from 7 panels hung in scroll-like fashion, amidst 199 painted and gilded butterflies suspended from the gallery ceiling. The exhibition also features ‘A Rose Diary’, a series of smaller watercolor roses painted on 50 consecutive days, which will occupy another entire wall of the gallery. This “painted diary” was inspired by the work of revered Qing Dynasty artist Ren Yi (1840-1896) well known for his flower and bird paintings.

The beginning of Butterfly's Love for Flowers' - work in progress

If you are interested in visiting the exhibition, The Today Art Museum is located at No. 32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing. 100022. Tel: 8610-58760600. You can read more about the exhibition here.

Gary Bukovnik and his watercolour work
Born in 1947 in “greenhouse country,” Painesville, Ohio just east of Cleveland, Gary Bukovnik attended the Cleveland Institute of Art. After travelling and painting in Europe, he eventually moved to San Francisco in 1975 where he works in his studio in the SOMA (South of Market) District. In San Francisco, Mr. Bukovnik is represented by Thomas Reynolds Gallery.

Generously, since 1980, Mr. Bukovnik has annually created and donated a major work to the San Francisco Symphony for their season poster. The complete collection of these works is on permanent exhibition in the Loge Lounge of Davies Symphony Hall. The works he has donated over the years to San Francisco charity, Project Open Hand for use on their annual calendars, have generated in excess of one million dollars. What a lovely chap!

He has a facebook page here.

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! I had no idea that his work was so enormous! I love the movement in that composition and those vibrant colours. The wall seems to be alive. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in real life.