‘INK: Recent Paintings by Deborah Buck’ Exhibition at Trinity

Artist Talk, Opening Reception on February 1; Show Runs through March 7

​Easter Parade, 2017, Acrylic and sumi ink
on paper, 54” x 48”

Hartford, Connecticut, January 31, 2018 –

WHAT:  INK: Recent Paintings by Deborah Buck will be presented at Trinity College’s Widener Gallery for five weeks beginning February 1, 2018. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Artist talk, followed by opening reception: Thursday, February 1, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The show will run through March 7. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed on Sundays.

WHERE:  Widener Gallery at the Austin Arts Center, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106. For an interactive map of the Trinity College campus, please click here.


The Department of Fine Arts at Trinity College presents INK: Recent Paintings by Deborah Buck, an exhibition of works on paper that combine Japanese sumi ink with densely layered compositions of acrylic, pastel, and chalk. The exhibition, free and open to the public, runs February 1 through March 7, 2018. Art critic Gregory Volk described Buck’s recent work as “protean paintings that seem like eccentric, ever-metamorphosing mini-worlds or vibrant environments.” Buck said of these paintings, “The ink gives the work a depth of field that lets one delineate the many layers in each painting more succinctly.”

Originally from Baltimore, Buck is a resident of Sagaponack, New York, and New York City who credits her early artistic and intellectual development to her exposure to the legendary abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still. Still mentored and championed Buck, beginning when she was in high school, including selecting her as the recipient of a scholarship in his name to attend Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

​Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, 2017, Acrylic
and sumi ink on paper, 44” x 48”
The Trinity exhibition of paintings by Buck (née Jones) coincides with the 40th reunion of her graduation in 1978 from Trinity College, where her artistic mentor was George Chaplin, Charles S. Nutt Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus, and former chair of the Studio Arts Program. Chaplin, who retired from Trinity in 1991 and now lives in Maryland, plans to attend the February 1 opening reception and talk by his former student. Buck has described Chaplin’s mentorship as life-changing and expressed her gratitude to Chaplin for having opened her eyes to the world of painting and art history during her time at Trinity.

After graduating with honors from Trinity, Buck took a position with a subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions doing animated design installations. In 2001, she opened Buck House, an art and antiques gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City, which served as a salon for cultural events and exhibitions. In the early 2000s, she joined the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she taught a seminar in the graduate design program. Shortly thereafter, Buck joined the Board of Trustees at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Buck’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Julie Saul Gallery in New York City and the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York. The Bronx Museum recognized Buck in its Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program.

For more information about Deborah Buck and her work, visit www.deborahbuck.com.