David Buckingham

Pleasure Before Business 

Spetember 2021

San Francisco

It is with this collection of metal that Buckingham carves, bends, bolts and welds his assemblages. With skilled craftsmanship, he breaths life into these discarded forms.

Biography

Part sculpture, part assemblage, David Buckingham’s bold, provocative art begins in the California desert, where he scours remote landscapes for what he calls “beautiful, battered metal, material that’s had a previous life and the scars to prove it: old tractors, hay balers, cotton pickers, rice threshers, school buses.” Having hauled masses of rainbow-colored steel back to his Los Angeles studio, he cuts, welds, and wrestles the pieces into works often inspired by movies, advertising, and music. “For the most part, I mine my own psyche,” he has said. “Each piece is a bit of a self-excavation.”

Reminiscent of Pop art, Buckingham’s perpetually fresh, energetic work has an immediate impact on the viewer. It seems fitting that the discarded metal he scavenges in the desert, all of which originally formed some part of the American landscape—signage, vehicles, machinery used to grow food—is repurposed as art that so directly taps into the collective American unconscious. In his newest work, Buckingham, who worked in advertising in a former life, continues to expand on his playful, powerful motifs, with geometric abstractions recalling Op Art and color field painting, and vibrant wall sculptures shaped like pistols and iconic road signs.

Buckingham’s unconventional art education includes a stint at New York’s infamous Rivington School, which created guerilla sculpture gardens in the city, and where Buckingham took welding lessons from artist Ray “Cowboy” Kelly. He has exhibited his work extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at California’s Riverside Art Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. His sculptures have been featured in an international advertising campaign for Wrangler Jeans, installed as public artwork on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, and purchased by private collectors around the world.

Born

1958 Los Angeles, CA. 


Education

The Rivington School, New York City


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Nobody Likes a Smartass, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena CA

           SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 If I Only Had a Brain, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2016 What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2014  Tune in Turn on Drop Out, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Under the Influence, Scream Gallery, London, England.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Hell is Other People, Cain Shulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Hung Like Elvis, Kit Schulte Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.

2010 I Speak As I Please, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.

2009  As The World Burns, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL.

           Me Love You Long Time, Peter Mendenhal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

           As Seen on TV I, Cain Shutle Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           As Seen on TV II, Kit Shulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany.

2008 Dark Side of the Sun, O.K. Harris, New York, NY.

           Brad Benedict Sideshow, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

           Brad Benedict Sideshow, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

           How to Talk Dirty & Influence People, Cain Shulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2007  No More Greasy Kid Stuff, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL.

           Playing With Fire, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

           Archeofacts, MM Galleries, San Francisco, CA.

           Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA.

2006  Danger: High Voltage, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamont  Station, Santa Monica, CA.

2005  California Screaming: New Work From Lost Angeles, Aaron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL.

           Blood and Iron, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2017 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2014 Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Art Southhampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY.

2011  Fine Art Houston, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Houston, TX.

2009  The Gun Show, dA Center for the Arts, Ponoma, CA.

           LA to OC: Extreme, Orange County Center for the Arts,  Santa Ana, CA.

2008  St. Claude Collective, Prospect1, New Orleans, LA.

           Inaugural Group Show, Peter Mendenhall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

           Brad Benedict’s Sideshow, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

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Selected Artworks

The End

The End

Cut & Welded Found Metal

22 x 29 inches

210658

ARRRGH!

ARRRGH!

Cut & Welded Found Metal

37 X 60 inches

210530

Color Study #152 (Winter)

Color Study #152 (Winter)

Cut & Welded Found Metal

27 x 27 inches

210529

TV Color Bars | SOLD

TV Color Bars | SOLD

Cut & Welded Found Metal

32 x 42 inches

210528

Color Study #150 | SOLD

Color Study #150 | SOLD

Cut & Welded Found Metal

18 x 18 inches each

210484

POW!!

POW!!

Cut & Welded Found Metal

44 x 69 inches

210483

It's All Too Beautiful | SOLD

It's All Too Beautiful | SOLD

Cut & Welded Found Metal

32 x 68 inches

210482

I Love to Hate S.F. | SOLD

I Love to Hate S.F. | SOLD

Cut & Welded Found Metal

16 x 49 inches

210481

George Carlin

George Carlin

Cut & Welded Found Metal

48 x 48 inches

210480

Color Study #151

Color Study #151

Cut & Welded Found Metal

57 x 57 inches

210478

Color Study #149

Color Study #149

Cut & Welded Found Metal

42 x 42 inches

210318

THWIP!

THWIP!

Cut & Welded Found Metal

36 x 50 inches

190054

Nobody Likes a Smartass

Nobody Likes a Smartass

Cut & Welded Found Metal

34 x 41 inches

190051

Actress Shoots Warhol

Actress Shoots Warhol

Cut & Welded Found Metal

30 x 46 x 2 inches

190040

“NO”

“NO”

Cut & Welded Found Metal

30 x 52 x 2 inches

190038

Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild

Cut & Welded Found Metal

42 x 48 x 2 inches

180662

KAPOW with Stars III

KAPOW with Stars III

Cut & Welded Found Metal

40 x 62 x 3 inches

180444

Color Study Target

Color Study Target

Cut & Welded Found Metal

36 x 36 x 2 inches

180441

Color Study #121

Color Study #121

Cut & Welded Found Metal

35 x 25 inches

170555

Color Study #118

Color Study #118

Cut & Welded Found Metal

45 x 45 x 2 inches

170526

Play That Funky Music White Boy

Play That Funky Music White Boy

Cut & Welded Found Metal

42 x 62 x 1 inches

160605

Born

1958 Los Angeles, CA. 


Education

The Rivington School, New York City


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Nobody Likes a Smartass, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena CA

           SCOPE Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2018 If I Only Had a Brain, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2016 What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2014  Tune in Turn on Drop Out, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Under the Influence, Scream Gallery, London, England.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Hell is Other People, Cain Shulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Hung Like Elvis, Kit Schulte Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.

2010 I Speak As I Please, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.

2009  As The World Burns, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL.

           Me Love You Long Time, Peter Mendenhal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

           As Seen on TV I, Cain Shutle Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           As Seen on TV II, Kit Shulte Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany.

2008 Dark Side of the Sun, O.K. Harris, New York, NY.

           Brad Benedict Sideshow, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

           Brad Benedict Sideshow, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

           How to Talk Dirty & Influence People, Cain Shulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2007  No More Greasy Kid Stuff, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL.

           Playing With Fire, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

           Archeofacts, MM Galleries, San Francisco, CA.

           Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA.

2006  Danger: High Voltage, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamont  Station, Santa Monica, CA.

2005  California Screaming: New Work From Lost Angeles, Aaron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL.

           Blood and Iron, Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

           Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2017 Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

           Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.

2014 Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.

           Art Southhampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Water Mill, NY.

2011  Fine Art Houston, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Houston, TX.

2009  The Gun Show, dA Center for the Arts, Ponoma, CA.

           LA to OC: Extreme, Orange County Center for the Arts,  Santa Ana, CA.

2008  St. Claude Collective, Prospect1, New Orleans, LA.

           Inaugural Group Show, Peter Mendenhall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

           Brad Benedict’s Sideshow, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Biography

Part sculpture, part assemblage, David Buckingham’s bold, provocative art begins in the California desert, where he scours remote landscapes for what he calls “beautiful, battered metal, material that’s had a previous life and the scars to prove it: old tractors, hay balers, cotton pickers, rice threshers, school buses.” Having hauled masses of rainbow-colored steel back to his Los Angeles studio, he cuts, welds, and wrestles the pieces into works often inspired by movies, advertising, and music. “For the most part, I mine my own psyche,” he has said. “Each piece is a bit of a self-excavation.”

Reminiscent of Pop art, Buckingham’s perpetually fresh, energetic work has an immediate impact on the viewer. It seems fitting that the discarded metal he scavenges in the desert, all of which originally formed some part of the American landscape—signage, vehicles, machinery used to grow food—is repurposed as art that so directly taps into the collective American unconscious. In his newest work, Buckingham, who worked in advertising in a former life, continues to expand on his playful, powerful motifs, with geometric abstractions recalling Op Art and color field painting, and vibrant wall sculptures shaped like pistols and iconic road signs.

Buckingham’s unconventional art education includes a stint at New York’s infamous Rivington School, which created guerilla sculpture gardens in the city, and where Buckingham took welding lessons from artist Ray “Cowboy” Kelly. He has exhibited his work extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at California’s Riverside Art Museum and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. His sculptures have been featured in an international advertising campaign for Wrangler Jeans, installed as public artwork on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, and purchased by private collectors around the world.

David Buckingham

Press

David Buckingham

Pleasure Before Business 

Spetember 2021

San Francisco

It is with this collection of metal that Buckingham carves, bends, bolts and welds his assemblages. With skilled craftsmanship, he breaths life into these discarded forms.

SAN FRANCISCO

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San Francisco, California 94108

Monday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm

Sunday by appointment 

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ST. HELENA

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Sunday 11am - 5pm

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