Chad Buck’s reductive paintings embrace a powerful minimalist aesthetic capable of delivering rich color and surfaces by the use of intricate processes and materials. Buck is precise and pure. His paintings are parables that search for meaning by form. His formal compositions are less about the paintings and more about the alchemy of the materials he uses. A mixture of ground marble, pigment and oil alkyd take on an abstraction when applied to a two-dimensional linen surface. Within a vibrant palette of deep blues, intense reds, ghostly grays and radiant whites, there is simplicity of light that is collected and deflected. Each piece is a performance of complex patterns and materials that offers stillness, peace and contemplation. The viewer can observe the matrix of lines, witness the language of paint and experience new forms and perspective inherent in Buck’s surfaces.
Buck’s artistic achievements include the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a California State Art Fellowship, a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Drawing, a Mary Skaggs Printmaking Fellowship and numerous other awards. His work is part of both individual and corporate collections across the globe, including Pan Pacific Corporation in Yokohama, ITT in Brussels, Adriatico Square in Manila and U.S. companies such as AT&T, American Express, MGM, the Four Seasons and Hewlett-Packard. Born in Caldwell, Idaho, Mr. Buck received his MFA from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He has exhibited widely in the United States, as well as in Japan, Mexico and France. He lives and works in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Oakland, California. In addition to T. Fuller Fine Art in Puerto Vallarta, Mr. Buck is represented by several U.S. galleries including Brian Gross Fine Art in San Francisco, Stewart Gallery in Boise, Idaho and Roy Boyd Gallery in Chicago.