Southside Gallery to feature New Paintings by Charlie Buckley in April Solo Exhibition
Oxford, Mississippi – Charlie Buckley will exhibit new paintings at Southside Gallery in April. The paintings will be on display April 2 – April 28. An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 5 – 8 PM.
Over 20 paintings will be on display in the exhibition, Buckley’s first at Southside since 2017. Buckley is known for his vibrant landscapes depicting rural Mississippi. The landscapes are not straightforward representational paintings; instead, many incorporate symbolism, musing on human relationships and interactions, especially architecturally, with the environment. Many of Buckley’s newer landscapes feature, in the artist’s words, “aerial views of reflective floodwaters.”
Industrial Flood, one of Buckley’s more recent paintings, is an example of a developing theme in his work. The foreground of the painting is an aerial view of floodwaters. Reflected in the floodwaters is the horizon line — a concrete plant — superimposed city lights, cement silos, industrial equipment and a patch of distant trees. The light of the sky suggests it’s dusk. It’s an entrancing painting – simultaneously alluring and angst inducing – sure to capture the imagination of viewers.
Charlie Buckley studied art at Ole Miss (BFA 2004) and Miami (OH) University (MFA 2009). He taught drawing and painting at Miami, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss. Since 2011 he has been working exclusively as a painter. His work was chosen for the Bicentennial exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art, “Mississippi, Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise”. More recently, Buckley was selected for the 2019 Mississippi Invitational at the MMA and to be an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park this spring. A two-time fellow in Visual Arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Buckley has also been awarded the Visual Arts award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He is in the collection of the Walton Family Foundation, Bank Plus, The Graduate, the Community Development Foundation, Metropolitan Bank, The Arkansas Children’s Hospital, The University of Mississippi, Baptist Memorial Hospital, and numerous prominent private collections.
Charlie lives in Tupelo with his wife Amber and daughter Jane.