New York : International Archive of Art, 1995. Inscribed by Jim Buckels. Hardcover. 96 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
JIM BUCKELS : METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPES ; INTRODUCTION AND COMMENTARIES BY ED MCCORMACK
in the tradition of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, Jim Buckels expanded his career from successful illustrator to equally successful fine art painter and printmaker. His succession of spectacular paintings, lithographs, and serigraphs continually dazzles the public in America, Europe, and Asia. Now, when Buckels has created— slowly, due to his painstaking technique— more than sixty paintings and thirty-three limited edition prints, a book has been produced to chronicle and celebrate the Iowa artist's complete work to date.
The Jim Buckels style is compelling— it combines meticulous detail, achieved by extraordinary technical mastery, with rich personal narration, expressed in subject matter consisting primarily of architecture and landscape. In much of the imagery there is a surreal aura, often emanating from a luminous moon mirrored in everpresent still water. The sense of otherworldly enchantment is sometimes enhanced by the introduction of classical statuary and architecture into pastoral settings. Each picture poses a mystery that can be deciphered, if at all, only by the inspired perusal of visual details— with the artist's playfully enigmatic titles usually providing clues.
For the most part, Jim Buckels prefers to let his work speak for him. Pressed, however, to reveal his esthetic philosophy, he writes as cogently and insightfully as he paints: "A lot of contemporary art is about the paint itself and the surface. For me, though, it's important that the viewer forget about the frame and the surface and pass through them to enter the space I've created."
Jim Buckels: Metaphysical Landscapes is a beautiful book that will thrill the artist's worldwide following and provide an exciting and rewarding surprise for those not yet familiar with his work.
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