David Buckingham

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.

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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. | Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education
The Rivington School, New York City

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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
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 Angels, CA.
Brad Benedict’s Sideshow, Merry Karnowsky Gallery,
Los Angels, CA.
Brad Benedict’s Sideshow II, Robert Berman Gallery,
Santa Monica, CA.
Intervention, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 Greetings From The American Dream, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
Archeofacts, Cain Shulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2006 In Harm’s Way, Curated by Dan Tague, Lower Manhattan
Cultural Council, New York, NY.
Katrina You Bitch, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
2005 The Art Of The Collector: The Jim Fittipaldi Collection,
Curated by Matt Aston, M J Higgins Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA.

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Selected Artworks

Born
1958 Los Angeles, CA. | Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education
The Rivington School, New York City

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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
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 Angels, CA.
Brad Benedict’s Sideshow, Merry Karnowsky Gallery,
Los Angels, CA.
Brad Benedict’s Sideshow II, Robert Berman Gallery,
Santa Monica, CA.
Intervention, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 Greetings From The American Dream, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
Archeofacts, Cain Shulte Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2006 In Harm’s Way, Curated by Dan Tague, Lower Manhattan
Cultural Council, New York, NY.
Katrina You Bitch, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
2005 The Art Of The Collector: The Jim Fittipaldi Collection,
Curated by Matt Aston, M J Higgins 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.