Reddi-Arts Gallery 1037 - May 2019
John S. Bunker
John Bunker has been a professional artist over the last 50 years. A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA, he also holds an advanced degree (MA) from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, where he was a recipient of a fellowship in the humanities.
Bunker has exhibited his paintings widely, including one person exhibitions at the Jacksonville Art Museum, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Science and History-Jacksonville, Thrasher Horne Center For the Arts in Orange Park, Florida, the Haskell Gallery at the Jacksonville International Airport, Georgia Southern College, The University of North Florida, Winwrights, Stellers Gallery of Ponte Vedra Beach, Gallery Contemporanea, Fairfax Gallery, Phillips Gallery of Jacksonville University and the Ormond Museum of Art and Gardens among others. He has participated in numerous group and theme exhibitions throughout the United States.
His works are included in diverse public and private and corporate collections both in this country and abroad. Selected collections include: AT&T Universal Card, The Mayo Clinic, Dependable Insurance, Nordstroms Department Stores, NCNB Tampa, Hope Haven Clinic, Kenneth Smith Architects, Wachovia Banks, Bank of America, Barnett Banks of Florida, Sawgrass Country Club, the Vestcor Companies, Telecheck, Amelia Island Plantation, Mutual Federal Savings and Loan, Vistakon, Dean Witter, First Coast Oncology Centers, Sterlings Restaurant, Doctor’s Hospital, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, IDAC, McGarvey Residential Companies, Old San Jose on the River, The Orlando Jetport, Baptist South Hospitals, Timuquana Country Club Stein Mart and The Sea Colony of St.Augustine Beach.
Other paintings are included in the permanent Collections of the City of Jacksonville, City of Murmansk, Russia, The Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, North Florida College, Georgia Southern College, Riverside House, The Florida Senate. The University of North Florida as well as others.
Bunker sustained an extensive career with Art Museums culminating in his past directorships of the Jacksonville Art Museum and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. He was a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum’s Museum Management Institute and the Getty’s Museum Management Institute at UC Berkeley. An active volunteer for the arts in Florida over three decades, he has served as president of the Riverside Concert Board, CityArt of Jacksonville, Jacksonville International Airport arts commission, Board member of the Patrons of the Hearts, and the Jacksonville Public Arts Committee. He is currently on the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. In 2007 Bunker was awarded the prestigious Individual Arts Award for his 30 years of service by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
A native Floridian, Bunker has traveled extensively in North America, Europe, South
America and Africa in pursuit of his art.
Fascinated by flora and fauna in the natural environment Bunker’s works reflect this interest in his creation of a variety of dynamic, inventive, and unique paintings. He currently devotes all of his time to making art in his Jacksonville, Florida studio.
As one reviewer/critic stated
John Bunker’s work seduces and beckons our attention.
The subject of his paintings are …simmering with energy,
saturated with color and wonderfully alive. Flowers dance
and soar through the vibrant paintings in rich, deep colors
accented by metallic swirls and curlicues.
As a native of Florida Bunker uses the forms and patterns found in the natural environment as inspiration for his work. The diversity of flowering forms and objects in the Florida landscape never cease to inspire him.
Painting, Fine Crafts, Sculpture and Art in Public Place Works
Nofa Dixon has been a professional artist and an active member of the Jacksonville Community for over thirty years. She served as Curator of Education at the Jacksonville Art Museum, now, MOCA. Presently Nofa is an Associate Professor of Drawing, Painting and Art in Public Place Projects at the University of North Florida. Soon, Nofa Will be retiring as a Professor Emeritus and is looking forward to reinventing her creative spirit.
Born and raised in a Mid-Eastern culture as a child and growing up in America has created a dichotomy of extremes, which have affected her life, philosophy, and her art. Her art work demonstrates these dramatic extremes of solid, bold and colorful elements contrasted with small, fragile yet subtle expressions, which she hopes will create a stimulating experience for the viewer.
Although she was raised in a Protestant home, her life was highly affected by Muslim art and culture, which permeated most of her experiences as a child. In fact, it has subconsciously affected most of her adult life. Her art work has always been design-oriented, employing layers of geometric, organic and playful imagery.
Although Nofa trained as a painter while she was in the MFA program at VCU, she, later became fascinated with manipulating and working with clay. Many years were spent refining the construction of layered surfaces in three-dimensional clay forms. Regardless of medium, she has always allowed herself the freedom to experiment, explore, play and have an adventurous spirit with a variety of materials. This curiosity and sense of adventure led to discovering possibilities and achieving new effects. For the past ten years, Nofa has enjoyed creating hundreds of collage images purely for her personal pleasure. Within a short period of time, she discovered that there are similarities between her approach to creating clay vessels/sculptural forms, paintings and collages. Complex formal design elements are deliberately used to achieve a greater level of sophistication. In the past several years, she has returned to working on canvas and again is enjoying the process of working with the same attitude of layering and utilizing paradox as a common denominator of expression. Her art work is included in hundreds of private and significant corporate collections.
Gallery Opening Sunday, April 7th, from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Artists.
Please join us for a gallery opening reception, this Sunday, April 7th, from 2:00-4:00 PM. The reception is in celebration of our new show, featuring the work of the Jacksonville Coalition of Visual Artists. Come meet the artists and enjoy refreshments while viewing some great art!
"JCVA is a unique organization. We are dedicated to the promotion and development of established as well as emerging artists. Our members represent a wide variety of ages, specialties and experience. We currently sponsor four juried exhibitions a year, at various venues on the First Coast. We welcome both two and three dimensional media which can be hung or displayed on a podium."
Can't make the opening? The show is on display through April 30th.