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'The Archer', patinated bronze sculpture by John E. Buck, 1991, extended loan to The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu from the Twigg-Smith Foundation
'Father and Son', color woodblock print on paper by John E. Buck, 1981, Smithsonian American Art Museum

John Buck is an American sculptor and printmaker who was born in Ames, Iowa in 1946. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kansas City Art Institute in 1968, and in 1971, he studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. In 1972, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, where he met his wife, artist Deborah Butterfield. Buck and Butterfield divide their time between a ranch in Bozeman, Montana and studios on the island of Hawaii.

Buck is best known for his woodblock prints and bronze sculptures that are typically cast from molds taken from wooden maquettes. The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, Massachusetts), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.) and the Yellowstone Art Museum (Montana) are among the public collections holding works by John Buck. The Olivier Doria d'Angri collection is among the most famous collections holding his works.


  • Albright, Thomas, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980, Berkeley, California, University of California Press, 1985
  • DuPont, Diana C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Paintings and Sculpture Collection, New York, Hudson Hills Press in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1985.

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