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"While studying art in college in the late 60’s I noticed that historically the progress of realism was interrupted in the 1800’s by impressionism and in the 1900’s by abstract painting.   But some of us young artists were more captivated with the new hyper-realism movement and I’ve attempted to follow that course throughout my career.  Apart from simply making something look real, I strive to express passion through the use of dramatic color and composition .   I believe great art should stir the emotions and I’d like to think my paintings cause the viewer’s heart to beat just a little faster”



"Whatever you do, work from the soul, as to the Lord." 

Colossians 3:23

Robert Bucknell is an award winning artist with a long career in commercial artBorn in Colorado and raised in Sacramento, he began painting signs and murals  while studying art in college.  Mostly self-taught, he was influenced by the realism of Chuck Close, Salvador Dali and Alphonse Mucha. 


Robert moved his family to Carson City, Nevada in 1989 and started Bucknell Arts with his wife Diane,  later transitioning into full time mural painting.   He spent more than 20 years traveling throughout the US and also South Africa painting large scale landscape and wildlife murals for natural history exhibits.   His murals have been displayed in public, government, residential, and commercial places, including more than 30 Cabela's Sporting Goods Stores. 

Now retired from mural painting,  Robert  has turned his attention back to oil painting with a preference for Still Life hyper-realism.   He is a juried member of the International Guild of  Realism.

Robert's art is currently carried by The Genoa Gallery in Genoa, Nevada. 







The Genoa Gallery

2292 Main St. #101

Genoa, Nevada 89411

Nevada State Legislature

401 S Carson St, 2nd Floor Carson City,  NV

February 6 - June 5 2023

Nevada Artists Association Gallery 

Spirit of America Show

June 17 - July 28 2023

New Years Show - Featured Artist

January 1, 2023 - February 10, 2023

Brewery Arts Center

449 W King St - Carson City, NV



 2024: Camelback Gallery: Figurative  Painting:  Silver  (The Immigrant) 

 2024: Camelback Gallery:  Figurative Painting:  Bronze  (High Bear)

 2023: Plein Air Magazine - April  International Salon:  Best Still Life  (Morning Coffee)

 2023:  National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society:  Spring International Exhibit:

             Best use of Light and Color (Morning Coffee)

2023: Plein Air Magazine: March International Salon:  Best Landscape (Job's Peak- Genoa, Nevada)

2023: PleinAir Magazine - March International Salon:  Honorable Mention (Living Water)

 2023: PleinAir Magazine - March International Salon: Honorable Mention (Fire & Ice - Sand Harbor)

2023: Nevada Artists Assoc.  Spirit of America Show: Best of Show & People's Choice (American Beauty)  

2023:  Nevada Artist's Assoc. - New Years Show:  People's Choice Award (Fire & Ice)

2023   Art Masters : Top Art Award March - 4th Place - (Black Forest Beauty)

2023: - Winter Show - Nevada Artists Assoc.: 1st Place in Oil painting (Number Eight) 

2022:   Nevada Day Show,  Nevada Artist's Assoc.: Best of Show (Fire & Ice) 



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