Born in Slough, Chris Buckís connections with Cornwall date back to the early 1970s when he studied at Redruth School of Art. The son of a toolmaker, Chris followed his fatherís industrial roots and worked in several foundries, in the process gaining a wide knowledge of casting and metalwork techniques. He moved permanently to the county in 1982 and has worked ever since from his studio in a converted byre in the countryside near Truro, producing sculpture in wood, stone and, predominantly, bronze.
Heavily influenced by the St Ives Modernist sculptors, most notably Dame Barbara Hepworth Denis Mitchell, Chris generally produces abstract work inspired by his immediate environment. Bronzes are sand cast in a foundry before the various finishes processes begin: grinding, filing, texturing, patinating, polishing and mounting. The process takes several days, the time also being spent working on ideas for the next piece. Obtaining a balance between the highly polished smooth surfaces and the textured patinated areas is key to the success of the work.
Chris is a member of the Penwith Society of Artists, the collective co-founded by Hepworth. His work has been exhibited nationwide.
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