Philip Buller

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BIOGRAPHY

India, b.1954
Philip Buller was born to American diplomat parents in Delhi, India in 1954, but spent his youth mostly in northern Virginia and his ancestral home of New England. Buller moved to northern California in the late 80ʼs. He received his BA in Painting and Drawing from Sonoma State University in 1992. Upon receiving his MFA from California College of Art in 1994, he taught private lessons and art classes at Santa Rosa Junior College for 10 years. During this time Buller spent each summer in the Mediterranean, teaching painting retreats in Italy and Greece. His work reflects his respect and admiration for the Renaissance and Baroque masters while including references to photography, printmaking and other more contemporary processes. In 2006 Buller moved to Galiano Island in British Columbia where, in addition to continuing his evolving painting practice, he has built a home and studios for himself and his wife, Janet Adler, the noted teacher of the Discipline of Authentic Movement. Buller is represented in the UK, Canada, and the US. His work is in public and private collections.

EDUCATION

1994       M.F.A. California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1992       B.A. Studio Art, painting, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

Ice, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah

2015

Buller, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Nantucket, MA

2014

Used Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013

Looking Back, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2012

Every One, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Narrative Fragments, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA

2011

Pace John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

2010

Vulnerability, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009

North, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2008

Every Little Act, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA

2007

Ancestry, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Looking In, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2006

Figures, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT
Seeing, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA

2005

Recognition, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Being Found, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA 

2004

The Colorful Darkness, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

2003

Details, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Figures and Fantasies, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2002

Emergence, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, CA

2001

Exchange, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Three Trees, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA

2000

New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999

Recent Work, pastels, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery

1998

New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
In Italia, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA

1996

New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995

Reflections on Water, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA
Adjunct Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA

1994

Alumni Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
MFA Show, Oliver Art Center, MFA Exhibition, Oakland, CA

1991

Rural Light, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA
Recent Paintings, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA

TEACHING

1995-2006     Private Painting, Freestone Studio: Freestone, CA

1995-2006     Retreats in Tuscany, Italy. Andros, Greece:

1994-2004     Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA

1990-1996     Sonoma State University, Extended Education Department

1995-1998     Sebastopol Center for the Arts

1980-1987     Heartwood Owner-Builder School, Washington, MA

1980-1987     Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Becket, MA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Bloomindales, San Francisco, CA; New York, NY

Opus West, San Jose, CA

Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA

N.E.C. Electronics Inc. Mountain View, CA

The Indus Group, San Francisco, CA

Nordstrom, United States and Canada

Kaiser Permanente, San Raphael and Santa Rosa, CA

Sutro and Company, Santa Rosa, CA

Berkshire Bank and Trust, Pittsfield, MA

Great Barrington Savings Bank, Great Barrington, MA

El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA

PRESS

Robert Pincus. In the Spirit of Velasquez. The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 2, 2006

ARTIST STATEMENT

‘I apply paint, remove paint – creating and obscuring forms. A form must be fully realized before it can be obscured. The ambiguity of a blurred image often encourages me to reach below a literal interpretation of form.

When this happens, it is less possible to grab onto a specific image and I am then compelled to remain within the realm of experience rather than the realm of reproduction. In this process my own engagement as a viewer guides me toward receiving the image rather than identifying it by naming it or placing it in a psychological or historical context.

What makes this process so challenging for me is that the evolution of the paintings themselves seems to resist conscious intention, and yet my desire is to access my own direct experience of them. I have faith that the meaning, if there is any at all, will emerge in it’s own time, leaving me with an awareness that the work cannot be hurried. When the painting is resolved, I feel as though something has arrived, like a fruit in an orchard, visible as an organic thing. In such moments, I know that the painting itself the meaning.

When I am engaged in the painting process, I am of course conscious of the sensations, thoughts, and associations. But rather than following them into the quagmire of willful, even enthusiastic intention toward constructing a certain meaning, I try to instead wait to be touched in a certain way; my feelings have to be stirred. Anything could spark deep feelings, but at this time, the human form seems to be the most direct pathway.

On those occasions when immersion in my intuitive experience is not working, when the whole process becomes most maddening, I am grateful to rely completely on the discipline of my painting practice. When I don’t know what to do, I simply deepen my commitment to applying paint to canvas.”

-Philip Buller