Philip Buller



"I apply paint, remove paint - creating and obscuring forms. A form must be fully realized before it can be obscured. The ambiguity of a blurred image often encourages me to reach below a literal interpretation of form.

When this happens, it is less possible to grab onto a specific image and I am then compelled to remain within the realm of experience rather than the realm of reproduction. In this process my own engagement as a viewer guides me toward receiving the image rather than identifying it by naming it or placing it in a psychological or historical context.

What makes this process so challenging for me is that the evolution of the paintings themselves seems to resist conscious intention. I try to remember that the meaning, if there is any at all, will emerge in it's own time, leaving me with an awareness that the work cannot be hurried. When the painting is resolved, I feel as though something has arrived, like a fruit in an orchard, visible as an organic thing. In such moments I know that the painting is itself the meaning.

When I am engaged in the painting process, I am of course conscious of the sensations, thoughts, and associations. But rather than following them into the quagmire of willful, even enthusiastic intention toward constructing a certain meaning, I try to instead wait to be touched.



Biography
Philip Buller was born to American diplomat parents in Delhi, India in 1954, but spent his youth
mostly in northern Virginia and his ancestral home of New England. Buller moved to northern
California in the late 80ʼs. He received his BA in Painting and Drawing from Sonoma State
University in 1992. Upon receiving his MFA from California College of Art in 1994, he taught
private lessons and art classes at Santa Rosa Junior College for 10 years.
During this time Buller spent each summer in the Mediterranean, teaching painting retreats in
Italy and Greece. His work reflects his respect and admiration for the Renaissance and Baroque
masters while including references to photography, printmaking and other more contemporary
processes.

In 2006 Buller moved to Galiano Island in British Columbia where, in addition to continuing his
evolving painting practice, he has built a home and studios for himself and his wife, the noted
movement teacher, Janet Adler. Buller is represented in the UK, Canada, and the US. His work is
in public and private collections.

Education
1994   M.F.A. California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
1992 B.A. Studio Art & Painting, Sonoma State University; Rohnert Park, California
1985 Illustration, The Illustrators Studio; Northampton, MA
1973-1987 Graphic Design & Painting, Berkshire Community College; Pittsfield, MA
Solo Exhibitions
2015   Buller, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Nantucket, MA
2014   Used Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013   An Other, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2011   Pace, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2010   New Work, Andrea Schwartz Gallery,San Francisco, CA
2009   In The Mines, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2009   North, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2008   Every Little Act, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach,  California
2007   Ancestry, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco,  California
2007   Looking In, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah  
2006   Seeing, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, California
2006   Figures, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah  
2005   Recognition, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
2005   Being Found, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, California
2004   The Colorful Darkness, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003   In the Crowd, Bank of America Headquarters, San Francisco, California
2002   Emergence, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, California
2002   Small Works Show, A.P.E. Ltd. Northhampton,  Massachusetts
2001   Exchange, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
2000   New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
1999   Recent Work, pastels, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
1998   New Work, Adjunct Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery
1998   In Italia, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, California
1995   Reflections on Water, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, California
1994   Rural Light, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, California
1991   Recent Paintings, Bodega Landmark Studios, Bodega, California
1990   Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, California
1987   Berkshire Artisans Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts  
1986   Phillip Barber Gallery, Becket, Massachusetts  
1985   Church Street Cafe, Lenox, Massachusetts  
1985   Phillip Barber Gallery, Becket, Massachusetts      
1984   Phillip Barber Gallery, Becket, Massachusetts
1984   Church Street Cafe, Lenox, Massachusetts  
        
Group Exhibitions
2015   Summer Group Show, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2012   Every One, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012   Narrative Fragments, Quidley & Company Fine Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2010   Vulnerability, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008   Every Little Act, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2008   North, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2007   Ancestor, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007   Looking In, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2006   Seeing, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2006   Perspectives, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006   Figures, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, Utah
2005   Autumnity, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005   Board, Mesh and Canvas, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005   Full Spectrum, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005   Recognition, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005   Being Found, Susan Street Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2004   Two-person Show, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, California
2004   The Colourful Darkness, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003   Details, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003   Alumni Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
2002   Emergence, Anne Bradford Gallery, Healdsburg, California  
2002   Small Works Show, A.P.E. Ltd. Northhampton, Massachusetts
1999   Recent Work, pastels, Andrea Schwartz Gallery,San Francisco, California  
1998   New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California  
1998   That Figures, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California  
1998   Slide Registry Show, California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, California    
1997   Curator Working from the Body, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery
1996   New Paintings, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
1995   Adjunct Faculty Show, Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, California
1995   New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts  
1994   Alumni Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, California
1994   MFA Show, Oliver Art Center, MFA Exhibition, Oakland, California  
1991   Student Show, Sonoma State University Gallery, Rohnert Park, California  
1987   Berkshire Artisans Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts  
1986   Thornes Gallery, Northampton, Massachusetts
1986   Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, California    
1985   Woods Hole Gallery, Woods Hole, Massachusetts    
1985   The Underground Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts
1985   Lenox Arts Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts  
1984   Hopetown Gallery, Hopetown, Bahamas  
Collections
Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California
Berkshire Bank and Trust, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, California
Great Barrington Savings Bank, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Kaiser Permanente, San Raphael and Santa Rosa, California
N.E.C. Electronics Inc. Mountain View, California
Nordstrom, San Francisco, California
Opus West, San Jose, California
Sutro and Company, Santa Rosa, California
The Indus Group, San Francisco, California
Commissions & Public Acquisitions
Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California
Berkshire Bank and Trust, Pittsfield, MA
Bloomindales, San Francisco, California and New York
Canada Kaiser Permanente, San Raphael and Santa Rosa, California
East Valley Medical Center, Santa Clara, California
El Camino Hospital,  Mountain View, California  
Gray Hartley, Nipomo, California
Great Barrington Savings Bank, Great Barrington, MA
N.E.C. Electronics Inc. Mountain View, California
Nordstrom, San Francisco, California
NY Horseshoe Casino, Cincinnati, Ohio
Opus West, San Jose, California
Robert Allen Fine Art, San Francisco, California
Roosevelt family, Massachusetts and New York
Saint Regis Hotel, Park City, Utah
San Francisco Fireman's Credit Union
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center,San Jose, California
Sutro and Company, Santa Rosa, California
The Indus Group, San Francisco, California
Westin Hotel, Palo Alto, California
William Blue, Morro Bay, California
Teaching
1995-present  
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California
- Introduction to Art and Design; Figure Drawing; Watercolor Painting; Drawing; Painting
Freestone Studio, Freestone, California
- Private Painting
- Private Painting, Galiano Island, BC
Retreats in Tuscany, Italy and Andros, Greece

1994-1996  
Sonoma State University, Extended Education Department, Rohnert Park, California
- Watercolor Painting; Figure Drawing

1995-1998  
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
- Figure Study
- Private Painting
Retreat in Toscana, Italy

1994-2004  
- Santa Rosa Junior College - Introduction to Art and Design; Figure Drawing

1980-1987  
Heartwood Owner-Builder School, Washington, MA

1980-1987  
Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Becket, MA
Lecturing/Publications
Robert Pincus. In the Sprit of Velasquez. The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 2, 2006