MEET ELLY BUCKLEY
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”# (Rachel Carson, Silent Spring). Sculpture is Elly’s passion.
She likes to work intuitively, use music to inspire, create and draw on the sub-conscious to develop poetic responses to life. She is driven by her curiosity and connection between different forms, believing there is always a new dimension, a challenge to derive the best from herself and the materials she chooses.
Her practice in recent years has centred around exploring form through the use of different mediums. Acrylic, galvanised wire, wax work, bronzes, weaving with metal and thread, carving with soap stone, and welding mild steel – assemblage. These works often relate to a “celebration of the material” she is using. Elly works with found and natural materials also and will often seek inspiration in the raw form of an object, allowing its sculptural appearance and meaning to develop intuitively.
She believes engaging with art is not simply a solitary event and is content when her work harnesses the surrounding space, and most of all, stimulates the viewer to ponder and enquire.
Elly Buckley studied Visual Arts at Charles Sturt University. She continued to concentrate her practice with particular focus on exploring the use of various sculptural materials - such as bronze, mild steel, mixed media and acrylics.
Buckley is well known for her themes of “City Scapes”, “Veiled Times” and the poetic responses to life. Yearly since 2013 Buckley has attended extensive Master Classes including National Art School Sydney, with Dave Horton and Paul Hopmeier and has exhibited regularly for over ten years in group and solo exhibitions throughout Melbourne, North East Victoria, inner Sydney and the
environs of Northern Beaches and country NSW.
Highlights of her practice include Finalist & Award winner 2022 Wollombi Sculpture in the
Vineyards NSW - Finalist 2023 Montalto Sculpture Award (plus 2 previous occasions) - Finalist
in the Biennale of Abstract Women’s Art “Of Colour & Light” West End Art Space Gallery, Melbourne – and Toorak Village Sculpture Festival. Her residencies at “Sydney Art Space” NSW - concluded with solo exhibitions, presentations and artist talks.