De Buck Gallery

De Buck Gallery The gallery supports a vibrant contemporary program of narrative, identity-based art, primarily focused on figurative painting and innovative fiber work.

Founded in 2011 by David De Buck, De Buck Gallery focuses on contemporary artists, from emerging to mid career, and is deeply committed to supporting artists’ growth through special projects and exhibitions. De Buck presents artists who are art scene leaders across their disciplines with a strong curatorial following and critical acclaim. The gallery programming engages contemporary talent such as

Devan Shimoyama, Stephen Towns, Hiba Schahbaz, Ronald Jackson, Tahnee Lonsdale, and Juan Garaizabal. Shows such as “Sweet” (2017) by Devan Shimoyama and “STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE!” (2016) by Rashaad Newsome demonstrate the gallery’s cutting- edge and cross-disciplinary approach with dynamic new multimedia programming and performance. In 2019, the gallery showcased Devan Shimoyama’s work in a successful solo show, “Shh…”, and presented an exciting roster of contemporary artists in a spring group show, “Conjuring Wholeness in the Wake of Rupture.” The gallery’s 2019 programming also included “The Night Light Fell from the Sky,” a solo show of Stephen Towns’ quilt work and ‘The GAG,’ a group show curated by Devan Shimoyama. Most recently, the gallery has showcased solo exhibitions of Hiba Schahbaz, Ronald Jackson, Tahnee Lonsdale, and a group show of fiber and quilt work titled “Threaded Memory” (2020). In 2021, De Buck Gallery will launch an Artist-in-Residence program, which will invite artists to live and create at a private studio in Saint-Paul De Vence, France. The program extends artists the opportunity to exhibit work in Europe and is committed to fostering relationships with the local community, continuing Saint-Paul De Vence’s legacy as an international artist hub and home to La Maison James Baldwin.

01/25/2024
We are happy to hear the news that Hans Kotter is the winner of the German Light Art Prize 2024! According to the judges...
12/01/2023

We are happy to hear the news that Hans Kotter is the winner of the German Light Art Prize 2024!

According to the judges: “Hans Kotter makes the fascination, the potential, the atmospheric and multi-layered nature of light tangible in his works. He uses light - in combination with reflective and light-conducting materials - as a powerful energy that appeals to perception and imagination and opens access to other realities in the indefinite 'non-space'."

The award ceremony will take place in January 2024 at the Celle Art Museum.

Photo by Ulrich Helweg. Image courtesy of Kunstforum International.

Did you know that Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns has, not one, but TWO current exhibitions at the National Museum ...
10/13/2023

Did you know that Baltimore-based artist Stephen Towns has, not one, but TWO current exhibitions at the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures is a year-long exhibition that investigates Afrofuturist expression through art, music, activism and more, this exhibition explores and reveals Afrofuturism’s historic and poignant engagement with African American history and popular culture.

[Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures
March 24, 2023 – March 24, 2024
National Museum of African American History and Culture | 1400 Constitution Ave., NW. Washington, DC 4th Floor, Visual Art and the American Experience ]

Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience., is an ongoing exhibition located in the museum’s Visual Art and the American Experience space, the exhibition explores the Black Lives Matter movement, violence against African Americans, and how art depicts Black resistance, resilience, and protest. The exhibition, in part, is taken from the artist’s An Offering series, which was recently acquired by the museum.

[Reckoning: Protest. Defiance. Resilience.
September 10, 2021 – Ongoing
National Museum of African American History and Culture | 1400 Constitution Ave., NW. Washington, DC 4th Floor, Visual Art and the American Experience ]

Image: An Offering and Gift of Lineage installation at York College. Image courtesy of the artist.

Throughout his oeuvre, Hans Kotter consistently manipulates light and color to invariably benefit and transform the envi...
09/14/2023

Throughout his oeuvre, Hans Kotter consistently manipulates light and color to invariably benefit and transform the environments that the works inhabit. His work is an exquisite commentary on the way that light interacts with the environment. It references the minimalist neon sculpture of the 1960s and 1970s by artists such as Dan Flavin, and can be seen as part of the canon of exciting “light” work by contemporary artists such as Olafur Eliasson and James Turrell. Kotter’s creations oscillate between technical perfection, naturalness, artificiality and painterly appearance, creating works of art that cannot be comfortably categorized.His light-based sculptures reflect the mutability of light due to the steady change of colors as one flows into the next, as well as a strong interest on the part of Kotter in engaging his audience.

Hans Kotter, Interference, 2022
Polished stainless steel, slide, plexiglass, LED’s colour change, remote
100 cm (diameter)

New work by  :La Cueva de la Sirena Series This latest body of work is inspired by the legend of La Cueva de la Sirena, ...
09/13/2023

New work by :

La Cueva de la Sirena Series

This latest body of work is inspired by the legend of La Cueva de la Sirena, or the Siren's Cave, on Tiger Island, Honduras. The island is located off the Pacific coast of Honduras and is home to a long history of indigenous peoples. According to legend, pirates once stashed their treasures in the cave, and a siren eventually took over the cave who to this day haunts and protects the treasures as her own.

Jackie Milad, La Cueva de la Sirena Series : Mangrove Roots, 2023
Mixed media canvas collage (mounted on stretch canvas)
47 x 45 inches
119.38 x 114.3 cm

Tiffany Alfonseca, Café y bochinche pa desayuno, 2023Acrylic paint, colored pencils, and rhinestones on stretched canvas...
09/10/2023

Tiffany Alfonseca, Café y bochinche pa desayuno, 2023

Acrylic paint, colored pencils, and rhinestones on stretched canvas
36 x 48 inches
91.44 x 121.92 cm

It’s  VIP opening and “The Tower” is up!  ‘s 14 ft installation of the tarot card, the tower, is a representation of gro...
09/07/2023

It’s VIP opening and “The Tower” is up! ‘s 14 ft installation of the tarot card, the tower, is a representation of growth and transfiguration as part of a “journey” for the querent. The traditional Rider-Waite card, which was designed by Bohemian artist Pamela Coleman Smith, depicts a lightning bolt striking a tower, which is crumbling and collapsing. This card is often associated with sudden change, chaos, and destruction. However, it can also represent liberation, transformation, and enlightenment. The card often implies a change or major upheaval in one’s life and serves as a reminder that although these events can be painful, they can also be an opportunity for growth.

For The Simple Life, artist Annan Affotey’s current exhibition at De Buck Gallery New York, Affotey has painted a series...
05/17/2023

For The Simple Life, artist Annan Affotey’s current exhibition at De Buck Gallery New York, Affotey has painted a series of works featuring people with their pets.

Affotey first did a series of such portraits for his 2021 exhibition “A Little Companionship” at The Cabin LA. For this new exhibition, works like Selfie with My Cat and Devan and His Cat (a friendly homage to fellow artist Devan Shimoyama) continue Affotey’s fascination with our love of pets.

In particular, Affotey is taken with the way, in America, pets are domesticated and treated as members of the family, a stark contrast to the way they’re treated in Ghana where dogs are commonly seen roaming the streets.

Not surprisingly, we’ve had more than a few furry visitors to the gallery.

Celebrating the soft-opening of Annan Affotey: The Simple Life, a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Ghanaian artis...
05/04/2023

Celebrating the soft-opening of Annan Affotey: The Simple Life, a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Ghanaian artist.

Running through May 31, this exhibition is Affotey’s first solo exhibition in New York and his second with De Buck Gallery.

Affotey is known for his intimate portraits of friends, family, acquaintances, and social media influencers. For this new series of paintings, Affotey depicts subjects who are trying to live their lives in a very simple way, says Affotey, “Trying to be themselves in the surroundings that they find themselves in; trying to find comfort in places that they’re in, in the things that make them happy.”

Annan Affotey was born in 1985 in Accra, Ghana. He graduated from Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in Drawing & Painting. In 2013, Affotey helped found the African Young Artist Organization (AYAO), a group dedicated to supporting African youth in the arts through education and exhibitions.

Artist Reception:
Wednesday, May 17th, from 5-8 PM
Please join De Buck Gallery and artist Annan Affotey on May 17 at a reception celebrating The Simple Life. RSVP required. Email [email protected] to RSVP.

Images: 1) Artist Annan Affotey with gallery owner David De Buck, 2) Annan Affotey

De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce The Simple Life, an exhibition of new paintings by Ghanaian artist Annan Affotey ...
04/26/2023

De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce The Simple Life, an exhibition of new paintings by Ghanaian artist Annan Affotey at the gallery’s New York location.

For this new series of paintings, Affotey depicts friends and acquaintances who are trying to live their lives in a very simple way, says Affotey. “Trying to be themselves in the surroundings that they find themselves in; trying to find comfort in places that they’re in, in the things that make them happy.”

In the work, Quiet Time with Norma, pictured above, Affotey depicts his friend Paul with his dog Norma. Affotey had met Paul in Milwaukee. Though from Ghana, he had never been there and had never met his family there. In 2018, Affotey helped Paul connect with that family in Ghana. Now a good friend, Paul (and his dog Norma) have been the subject of a few of Affotey’s paintings.

Opening May 2, this will be Affotey’s first solo exhibition in New York and his second with De Buck Gallery.

Image:
Annan Affotey, Quiet Time with Norma, 2023
acrylic on canvas
59.05 x 39.37 inches
150 x 100 cm

Were' thrilled to announce that Galerie Magazine has selected Tiffany Alfonseca and Annan Affotey among its 10 standout ...
04/19/2023

Were' thrilled to announce that Galerie Magazine has selected Tiffany Alfonseca and Annan Affotey among its 10 standout discoveries at EXPO CHICAGO 2023.

“An emerging Bronx-based artist with Afro-Dominican roots, Tiffany Alfonseca’s paintings highlight contemporary Black figures in the act of doing everyday things. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in Painting in 2020, the artist uses photographs of family and friends as her point of departure—placing the subjects in picturesque settings and then vividly rendering them in a variety of materials, including acrylics, pencils, glitter, rhinestones and fabric on canvas. In her 2023 painting Ni bien ni mal (Neither good nor bad), part of a new series of works embracing female energy in more casual scenarios at De Buck Gallery, Alfonseca captures a brown-skinned, blue-jeaned lady in a graphic field of flowers. Highlighting the subject’s hair, shoes and blouse (as well as details on some of the flowers) with rhinestones and glitter, and her pants with actual denim, she creates an enchanting, realistic portrait that seems more than real.”

Galerie Magazine

Thank you to  and  for selecting Tiffany Alfonseca and Annan Affotey among its 10 standout discoveries at EXPO CHICAGO 2...
04/19/2023

Thank you to and for selecting Tiffany Alfonseca and Annan Affotey among its 10 standout discoveries at EXPO CHICAGO 2023!

Paul laster writes: “An emerging Bronx-based artist with Afro-Dominican roots, Tiffany Alfonseca’s paintings highlight contemporary Black figures in the act of doing everyday things. Graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in Painting in 2020, the artist uses photographs of family and friends as her point of departure—placing the subjects in picturesque settings and then vividly rendering them in a variety of materials, including acrylics, pencils, glitter, rhinestones and fabric on canvas.

“In her 2023 painting Ni bien ni mal (Neither good nor bad), part of a new series of works embracing female energy in more casual scenarios at De Buck Gallery, Alfonseca captures a brown-skinned, blue-jeaned lady in a graphic field of flowers. Highlighting the subject’s hair, shoes and blouse (as well as details on some of the flowers) with rhinestones and glitter, and her pants with actual denim, she creates an enchanting, realistic portrait that seems more than real.”

Image:
Tiffany Alfonseca
Ni bien ni mal, 2023
Acrylic paint, glitter, denim, fabric, rhinestones and colored pencils on stretched canvas
72 x 60 in

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De Buck Gallery has played a significant role in both representation and support of some of the most innovative artists of our time. Founded in 2010 by international art dealer, David De Buck, the gallery focuses on both contemporary and modern art, and is deeply committed to compelling and innovative artists’ projects and exhibitions. Located in the heart of Chelsea, and with an additional intimate viewing space in Antwerp, Belgium, De Buck presents artists who are global art scene leaders across international disciplines, movements, and eras. The gallery programming engages contemporary talent such as Rashaad Newsome, Devan Shimoyama, Tahnee Lonsdale, and Robert Lazzarini. Additionally, the modern program includes such artists as the Estate of the late Bernard Aubertin, a member of the Zero movement and best known for his red monochromatic paintings who influenced a generation with his international collaborations, concepts and ideas. David De Buck boldly focuses on the practices of minimalist mid-century masters such as Turi Simeti, Alberto Biasi and other post-war pioneers like Shozo Shimamoto, firmly rooted in tradition and historic significance. De Buck continues to dedicate the gallery’s ever expanding programming to the relevant artistic journeys of its roster of artists with fresh international exhibition programming, artistic and curatorial panels and discussions, and the creation of publication exhibition catalogues, which will create a historical overview for years to come.

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