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Lucy Bucknall New Zealand Contemporary Sculptor and Painter

Lucy Bucknall graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from Bath Academy of Art, UK (1987) and settled in New Zealand in 1998. Her work has appeared in solo exhibitions and collective shows such as Sculpture on the Gulf Waiheke Island and Sculpture On the Shore Auckland. In 2009 she won The Peoples Choice Award for a Meer cats piece entitled "Special forces on patrol". Lucy was selected as a finalist for the Small Sculpture Prize exhibition at Waiheke Island Gallery in 2013. Bucknall also won The McConnell Family Supreme Award for Big Man at Sculpture in the Gardens 2011/12 and has work displayed at Brick Bay Vineyard Matakana and Auckland Botanical Gardens. The Big man sculpture (life size bronze one-off) is now on permanent public display outside Lower Hutt City Hospital.

Lucy’s bronze sculptures are done in either Phosphor bronze or cast using the lost wax method. With the Phospher bronze technique Lucy welds strips of Bronze together to create unique one-off pieces. Her subject matter is always global and political but fervently empathetic in it's creation and intent.

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"Monkeys Hanging Around" Marquette 5/50 Size: 8cm tall by 10cm in length by 7cm width Price: POA ENQUIRE NOW

"Travelling Bear" Marquette 2/20
Size: 12cm tall Price: POA ENQUIRE NOW

"Travelling Bear" is a marquette for a larger piece yet to be made, highlighting the impact of climate change on the lives of the polar bear and their shrinking arctic homeland.

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"Monkey with iphone" 1/1 Size: 70cm tall by 50cm in length by 34cm width Price: POA

This work represents a commentary on current 'social' interaction. It is a one-off sculpture fashioned from phosphor bronze.

"Little Big Man" Bronze Edition Marquette of Big Man 6/50 Size: 35cm tall Price: $3400 ENQUIRE NOW

The predicament of the planet being at the forefront of this work, the polar bear verging on the edge of extinction. The ‘hoodie’ being symbolic of many things - strength, belonging, fear, the connotations of ‘hiding the face’ and how that is ‘received’ or interpreted by the onlooker, of being anonymous, of being part of a group.. like a pair of blue jeans, a ubiquitous feature of our modern world.. and here gloriously ‘super pacific’ size.. striking an imposing presence, needing to be quietly seen, certainly not by- passed.

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"Old Guys" Phosphor Bronze Edition 1/1 Size: 30cm height x 36cm length Price: $9000 Sold

These pieces are modelled on the South American marsupial called an 'Agouti'. The body posture of them reminded Lucy of two old men meeting in the street. So Lucy decided to recreate that scene and also reference her tutor who taught her welding and blacksmithing with the inclusion of the Trilby hat and walking sticks.

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"The Learning" Cast Bronze Edition Marquette 5/76 Size: 15cm tall Price: $2600 Sold ENQUIRE NOW

This is a child and parent baboon reading a book. The book could simply be a book or it could be the Koran or the Bible. This is a marquette of a larger full-scale piece that was displayed and sold at the bi-annual Auckland Botannical Gardens sculpture show.
The work has morphed since it's initial conception. The sudden death a couple of months ago of David, Lucy's father aged 76, has influenced the 'story' of this piece. Where once there was suspicion and undertones of indoctrination there has now been a shift towards love, reflected mainly in the youngster's hand reaching out to touch the parents arm, whereas before both little arms were tucked inward.... so the connection between adult and child is now very different.

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"Cat Kayakers" Bronze (First Edition) Price: $3800 ENQUIRE NOW


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