Gareth Buxton

Buxton, Derbyshire

 

 

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Solo Exhibitions

2011 Ridgeway Gallery, Featured Artist, Ridgeway Gallery, Bakewell
2010 Moon Moor and Sea, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
2010 Landscapes by Gareth Buxton, Derwent Gallery, Grindleford
2009 Gareth Buxton, Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby
2009 Derbyshire Landscapes, Derwent Gallery, Grindleford
2008 Gareth Buxton Solo II, the Little Gallery, Belper
2007 Wirksworth Festival Panel
Selected Artist, Wirksworth
2007 Altered Images, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston
2007 Out of Control, GalleryS,Matlock

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 Autumn Exhibition, Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge
2012 Edge of the World, The Gallery, Masham
2011 A Spring Tonic, Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge
2011 Derbyshire Landscape Exhibition, Gallerytop, Rowsley
2010 The Art of Caring, Macclesfield Art Fair, Macclesfield
2009 Four Seasons in One Day, the Gallery, Masham
2009 Derbyshire Open Arts, Little Gallery, Belper
2009 Group Exhibition, Gallerytop Gallery, Rowsley
2009 Group Exhibition, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
2008 Winter Exhibition, Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby, Derbyshire
2006 The Landscape Metaphor: A World Inside, Three Cups Gallery, Ely
2005 As Yet Untitled, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston

 

Selected by panel

2012 Derby City Open, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby
2011 Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
2008 Sculpture Derby City Open, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby
2007 Derby City Open, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby
2007 Artist of the Year, Derbyshire Life and Countryside, GalleryS,Matlock
2007 Tabernacle Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales
2005 Derby City Open, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derbyshire
2005 Open 18 Competition, The City Gallery, Leicester
2005 Liberte d’Expression, Barclays Headquarters, London

Artist Statement

Gareth Buxton quite literally came crashing into the art world in 2004 after a near head-on collision with a large truck. The impact of this life-changing event finally pushed him to take the plunge and become an artist. He still carries a small photo of the mangled car in his wallet as a memento. Since then he has rapidly developed a reputation as a popular yet unconventional painter with a taste for mist, moonlight and stormy weather.

 

His dramatic landscapes and seascapes are inspired by places, memories and emotions. Many of his paintings show a battle between darkness and light. This interplay creates a mood of tension and drama in his work.

 

“Elements like the wind, rain, dark skies, the moon and the light bursting through the clouds that stimulate me profoundly. Landscape painting for me goes beyond literal representation of the land: it’s as much about representing me and my state of mind.”

 

Gareth’s paintings are never literal reproductions or copies of the landscape. He takes great inspiration from his Peak District home and makes regular treks to Snowdonia for inspiration. He does not however work in situ and rejects the convention of painting in this traditional manner.

 

“All of my paintings are the result of time spent walking, absorbing the atmosphere, experiencing the surroundings and memorising elements of the landscape.”

In being outdoors, particularly exposed to the elemental forces of storms, wind and rain he is responding to the landscape emotionally. Essentially he is following the Romantic tradition, suspending rationality and reason for a spiritual connection with nature.

 

“I love being out there, feeling part of a bigger process, a tiny dot in a gigantic landscape at the total mercy of nature. I guess that’s why I have chosen to mainly paint landscapes and seascapes. I hope people have empathy for those experiences when they see the finished paintings.”

 

 

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