Stephen Buckley b. 1944

Stephen Buckley is a British abstract artist.


Buckley was born in Leicester. He studied Fine Art under Richard Hamilton at Kings College, Durham University (1962-1967), where he was involved in the reconstruction of Marcel Duchamp's "Large Glass", and then at the University of Reading (1967-1979) under Terry Frost and Claude Rodgers.


A group of notable commissions in the early 1970s, from clients including Leith's Restaurant, gave Buckley a strong start to his career. These were followed by a solo exhibtion in Milan in 1973 and another at Kettle's Yard the following year. Solo shows were subsequently held at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1975), Waddington Galleries (1976), Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1977), and Arts Council of Northern Ireland (1985) among many others.


His teaching career began at Canterbury College of Art (1969-70), before heading to Leeds, The Royal College of Art, and nine years at the Chelsea School of Art (1971-80). He was Artist in Residence at Kings College, Cambridge from 1972-74. In 1994, Buckley was appointed Professor of Fine Art at the University of Reading and Professor Emeritus in 2009. A monograph on Buckley was published in 1989, written by Marco Livingstone. His work has been compared to that of Richard Smith.


The work of Buckley is part of public collections and museums worldwide, including the British Council, Government Art, Kettle's Yard, Aberdeen Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Museum and Art Gallery, BUPA House, City Art Gallery, Bristol, City Art Gallery, Huddersfield, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Museum, National Art Gallery of Wales, Cardiff, Reading Museum, Southampton City Art Gallery, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Tate Britain, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. His work is also part of international collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile, Museum of Modern Art, Caracas, Venezuela, National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.