Current Exhibition:

David Budd - Paintings 1971-1981

On View through August 14, 2015.  

Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. CLOSED Saturday and Sunday.

David Budd, Journey Without Maps XVIII, 1980-81. Oil on canvas. 78 x 126 inches.

This selection of ten large-scale paintings provides an introduction to the extraordinary work of David Budd. The canvases are generously layered with colors that Budd invented and often spent days mixing. While his work in the 1950s evolved from an abstract tradition, in the 1970s Budd became interested in Asian painting, where there is often more than one viewpoint in the same work. This is evident in several of the paintings currently on view. If you are a painter or appreciate the process of painting, you are guaranteed to have a remarkable experience with David Budd's work. 

David Budd was born on March 31, 1927 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He studied Interior Design at the Ringling School of Art in the late 1940s, and thought he would become an architect. 

After seeing the Hans Namuth 1950 documentary film on Jackson Pollock, he became interested in abstract painting. In Sarasota, Budd worked for the Christiani Brothers Circus, where he met Corcaita Christiani, who became his wife. The Budds moved to New York in 1958, where Budd initially worked in an abstract style inspired by Pollock's approach and briefly studied at the Art Students League. 

Budd had his first solo exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in 1958 and showed with her again in 1960. During the summers he exhibited in East Hampton at the Signa Gallery, which was founded by Alfonso Ossorio, Elizabeth Parker and John Little. 

He spent the early 1960s in Paris, exhibiting at Galerie Stadler in 1962, 1964, and 1969, and collaborating on one occasion with writer William S. Burroughs, who later dedicated the book, "The Last Words of Dutch Schultz," to Mr. Budd. 

Budd returned to New York in the 1970s and exhibited at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery, the Max Hutchinson Gallery and the Susan Caldwell Gallery. He taught for a time at the School of Visual Arts. When he became ill, he returned to Sarasota, and was cared for by his daughter April until 1991.

David Budd's work is represented in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

- Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries

The Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery, located in the Academic Center at 2363 Old Bradenton Road on the Ringling College campus, hosts a varied exhibition program that includes annual exhibitions from the Basch Glass Collection as well as exhibitions of work by students, faculty, alumni and other contemporary artists.

Summer Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


4 Artists/4 Walls. August 21–September 22. 

Opening Reception: August 21, 5–7 pm

Four artists each use a gallery wall as the ground for drawing with surprising results.



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