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Robert Bucknell


Robert Bucknell

United States

Born in 1950

Joined Artisor: May 2024

Artist Stats

Total pieces for sale: 7


“While studying art in college in the late 60’s I noticed that historically the progress of realism was interrupted in the 1800’s by impressionism and in the 1900’s by abstract painting.   But some of us young artists were more captivated with the new hyper-realism movement and I’ve attempted to follow that course throughout my career.  Apart from simply making something look real, I strive to express passion through the use of dramatic color and composition .   I believe great art should stir the emotions and I’d like to think my paintings cause the viewer’s heart to beat just a little faster”

Robert Bucknell is an award winning artist with a long career in commercial art.  Born in Colorado and raised in Sacramento, he began painting signs and murals while studying art in college.  Mostly self-taught, he was influenced by the realism of Chuck Close, Salvador Dali and Alphonse Mucha.

Robert moved his family to Carson City, Nevada in 1989 and started Bucknell Arts with his wife Diane, later transitioning into full time mural painting.   He spent more than 20 years traveling throughout the US and also South Africa painting large scale landscape and wildlife murals for natural history exhibits.   His murals have been displayed in public, government, residential, and commercial places, including more than 30 Cabela’s Sporting Goods Stores.

Now retired from mural painting, Robert has turned his attention back to oil painting with a preference for Still LIfe hyper-realism.  He is a juried member of the International Guild of Realism.

“Whatever you do, work from the soul, as to the Lord.”  Colossians 3:23


Recent Awards

2024: Camelback Gallery: Figurative Painting:  Silver, Bronze

2023: Plein Air Magazine: April: Best Still Life;  March: Best Landscape;  March: Honorable Mentions (2)

2023: NOAPS  Spring International Exhibit: Best use of Light and Color

2023: Nevada Artists Assoc.  Spirit of America Show: Best of Show & People’s Choice,  New Years Show: People’s Choice;

Winter Show: 1st Place Oil painting.  Nevada Day Show:  Best of Show

2023   Art Masters : Top Art Award March – 4th Place

2022:  Nevada Artists Assoc. Nevada Day Show: Best of Show




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