Jim Buckley


Untitled / Forma viva 1984

steel, chain / 750 x 350 / Franjo Golob Primary School, Prevalje
The Irish sculptor built his sculpture using two basic elements found in situ – a gigantic ring and a vertically positioned pillar made of large-diameter steel pipes – with which he achieved a dynamic interaction between the two basic coordinates of the human perception of space. He fastened both imposing pieces of treated steel together with

Jim Buckley was born in 1957 in Cork, Ireland. From 1975 to 1980, he studied sculpture at the Crawford School of Art, where he graduated in sculpture in 1979 and later on completed his postgraduate studies in sculpture and photography. He was the founding member of the Artspace art workshops in Cork in 1980 and the sculpture studios in Glasgow in 1988. He has been attending international conferences on sculpture and has exhibited his work in Europe and in the USA. In 1983, he was a guest lecturer in sculpture at the Art School in Glasgow; the same year, he was also a member of the organising committee of the symposium on Sculpture in the Shipyard, Arklow Engineering. In 1990, he won the public sculpture competition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin. In 2003, he received the Scottish Arts Council’s Creative Scotland Award. Since 1999, he has been lecturing at various faculties, at the Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art in Dundee, the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. In 2005, he was a lecturer at the Grey Art School at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. His work has been exhibited widely in Ireland, Scotland and abroad. He lives and works in Scotland.

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