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"Greatest Hits 6"

Front cover of exhibition catalogue, photography by Steve Russell

This was Jon Buck's first one-man show since 'Intimate Connections' in 2000.
Included in the exhibition were over thirty vibrant sculptures in bronze, copper, tin, cast iron and silver, all brightly coloured, gilded or etched into shimmering surfaces contrasting with vivid painted detail. 
An inspired and dynamic exploration of archetypal images of birds, beasts and Man, Jon Buck took us into his world of powerful symbolism.

Left:     Knowing Bird, Bronze with Gold Leaf, Edition of 10, 47cm high
Right:   Pink Lady, Bronze, Edition of 10, 50cm high                           

'In his latest works Buck has continued the move away from the ‘super-realism’ of his early career that culminated in pieces of astonishing serenity and magical presence at the turn of the millennium in the Intimate Connections series. The keynote of the latter work was a reduction of formal complexity, such that the thing in the world to which each piece referred could be named, but from which detail and all visually distracting excrescence had been expunged. Once again a human head on which a bird perches, significantly titled Go-Between provided a kind of transition and guide into sculptures that embody states of being, or physical-emotional conditions rather than being merely descriptive. For example, fecundity in Natura, unself-conscious aggressivity in Hawk, or the eternal tension between shared identity and otherness that occurs in the moment of recognition in Back to Back. Faced with this work at times I am reminded of certain African and Oceanic sculptures, of Etruscan figures, and – perhaps more unexpectedly – of the Neolithic temples of Malta and the small number of surviving artefacts unearthed in archaeological excavations there.'

Extract from introduction by Colin Rhodes
September 2005

Opening shot of the gallery by Steve Russell 
Shadow Hare 
Edition of 12
14cm high
Bronze, Edition of 12 , 16.5cm high
Shore Bird
Bronze, Edition of 10, 15.5cm high
Edition of 10
17cm high

To download a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue click here 
*There are a limited number of printed copies available
please contact the gallery for details on how to get one! 

Private View shot by Gallery Pangolin


Scrapbook page from Gallery Pangolin's archive.

 Royal Academy Magazine - Winter 2005

Financial Times Magazine - December 2005

 Galleries Listing - November 2005  

Below:   Images of more pieces from the show.

For information and availability on any of the works shown
please contact the gallery.


Cactus Cat
Bronze with Steel Pins
Edition of 10
56cm high


Four Legged Form I
Edition of 10
14cm high

Wishbone Bird, Bronze, Edition of 10, 58cm high


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From Sally and Cath

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