Venus Rising by Jim Buckels


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“Venus Rising” by Jim Buckels

Artist Bio:
Jim Buckels fascination with fantasy began in early childhood, when his mother, who taught English composition and literature at Iowa State University, would read to him from storybooks illustrated by Wyeth, Parrish, and Pyle. Later, his artistic talent won him a scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa, which his adventurous spirit compelled him to interrupt his sophomore year, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army which, included a tour of Vietnam. Returning to civilian life in 1971, Buckels resumed his studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in art, and began his career as a freelance illustrator, becoming known for his stylized landscapes, inspired by such regional artists as Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, as well as by the primitive dreamscapes of the great French painter, Henri Rousseau.

This unique confluence of styles also influences the acrylic paintings, lithographs, and serigraphs for which Jim Buckels is now best known, Their visionary vistas and fantastic architectural details offering the viewer a restful respite from reality. These are paintings and prints that one can not only live with but enter into like a magical refuge, a return trip ticket to the story book realm of childhood reverie.

As one New York art critic noted, the work of Jim Buckels “tell stories that linger in memory long after one has viewed them, hinting at truths that lie just below the surface of the seen world”. For this reason as well as for his outstanding technical skills, Buckels has emerged as a contemporary master whose work will continue to enthrall us for many years to come.

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 30 x 40 in