Born in Leicester in 1944, Stephen Buckley studied Fine Art at Kings College, Durham University under Richard Hamilton (1962-67) where he was involved in the reconstruction of Duchamp's Large Glass and then at the University of Reading (1967-69) under Terry Frost and Claude Rodgers. He has taught variously at Canterbury College of Art, Chelsea School of Art, The Royal College of Art and was Artist in Residence at Kings College, Cambridge (1972-74). He was appointed Professor of Fine Art at the University of Reading in 1994, and Professor Emeritus in 2009. He has held over fifty solo exhibitions worldwide and is represented in many national collections.
For more than thirty years Buckley has concerned himself with addressing the major themes of the twentieth century through a personal style oscillating between the matiere of Schwitters, the dandyism of Picabia and the intellectual rigour of Duchamp by deconstruction and reconstruction. Eventually self-reference was inevitable and there is now a large portfolio of themes, references, motifs and symbols which are continually reworked and reinvented. Scale has always been significant from the 20 foot La Manche (1974) to a great number of 'carry on' sized works over a period of years.
Current concerns are to define an optimum size for work to be experienced within the domestic space, building on work shown in the exhibition 'Narratives' (Austin Desmond Fine Art, London, May/June 2004) which presented paintings with an oblique figurative element, referencing particularly Samuel Beckett and Alfred Hitchcock.
Recent work shown at Austin Desmond (May/June 2008) demonstrates a commitment to manoeuvring the viewer beyond the hedonistic pleasure of the material construct of the painting into a wider field of subjective mnemonics.