Buckel's paintings, lithographs, and serigraphs juxtapose a precisely detailed reality with an otherworldly enchantment, that both dazzles the eye and captures the imagination. Focusing on architectural landscapes that combine the real and the surreal, Buckels creates the world as we wish it were.
When you look at his work, there’s a déjà vu quality of “I’ve been there” or “I’ve seen that building,” but it’s even better than you remember it.
Most of my paintings are real places,” he says. “You know how you look at a building and it’s so perfect, but then you think, what if that building were on the other side of the Mediterranean, or on the other side of the street where the light is better. You can always make it better.” And he does.
It’s this painstaking attention to detail that sets Buckels’ work apart, for one doesn’t often associate meticulous clarity with Neo-Surrealism. Buckels describes his work as “Metaphysical Landscapes.”