BIO
 

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.

In Studio

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. I try to remember that the meaning, if there is any at all, will emerge in its 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 is 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, 2014

 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE
 

EXHIBITIONS
2017      Human Patterns, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016      Ice, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2015      Summer Show, Madison Gallery, LaJolla, CA
2015      New Works, Quidley & Company Fine Art, Nantucket, MA
2014      Used Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013      An Other, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2012      Every One, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012      Narrative Fragments, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2011      Pace, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2010      Vulnerability, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010      Inside Passage, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA
2009      In The Mines, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2008      Every Little Act, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2008      North, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2007      Ancestor, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007      Looking In, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2006      Seeing, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2005      Recognition, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005      Being Found, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2004      The Colourful Darkness, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003      Details, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003      Alumni Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
2003      In The Crowd, Shorenstein, Bank of America Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
2003      Figures and Fantasies, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2002      Emergence, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
2001      Exchange, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001      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
1999      Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1998      New Work, Adjunct Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1998      New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998      That Figures, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA
1998      Slide Registry Show, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA
1998      In Italia, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA
1997      Curated Working from the Body, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1996      New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995      Reflections on Water, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA
1995      Adjunct Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1995      New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
1994      Alumni Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
1994      MFA Show, Oliver Art Center, MFA Exhibition, Oakland, CA
1991      Rural Light, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA
1991      Recent Paintings, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, CA
1991      Student Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
1990      Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1987      Berkshire Artisans Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
1986      Thornes Gallery, Northampton, MA
1986      Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
1986      Phillip Barber Gallery, Becket, MA
1985      Church Street Cafe, Lenox, MA
1985      Woods Hole Gallery, Woods Hole, MA
1985      Phillip Barber Gallery, Becket, MA
1985      The Underground Gallery, Lenox, MA
1985      Lenox Arts Festival, Lenox, MA
1984      Phillip Barber Gallery, Becket, MA
1984      Church Street Cafe, Lenox, MA
1984      Hopetown Gallery, Hopetown, Bahamas

COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA
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, San Francisco, CA 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
Bloomindales, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY
Horseshoe Casino, Cincinnati, OH
Saint Regis Hotel, Park City, Utah
Opus West, San Jose, CA
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA
Robert Allen Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Nordstrom, San Francisco, CA
William Blue, Morro Bay, CA
Gray Hartley, Nipomo, CA
Roosevelt family, NY

PUBLICATIONS
Robert Pincus. In the Spirit of Velasquez. The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 2, 2006
Barbara Morris. Critic's Picks San Francisco. Art Limited, February 2017

TEACHING
1995-present    Private Painting, Freestone Studio: Freestone, CA and Galiano Island, BC
1995-present    Retreats in Tuscany, Italy and Andros, Greece
1994-2004         Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
1990-1996         Sonoma State University, Extended Education Department, Rohnert Park, CA
1995-1998         Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
1980-1987         Heartwood Owner-Builder School, Washington, MA
1980-1987         Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Becket, MA

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
1985                     Illustration, The Illustrators Studio; Northampton, MA
1973-1987        Graphic design & Painting, Berkshire Community College; Pittsfield, MA