David Bucklow was born on 22 February 1969 in Gauteng. He always had a zest for portraying wildlife, even at the ate of 5 when he did a crayon sketch of a lion.
After completing High School in Natal, David spent the next two years of his life completing his national service in Mpumalanga (former Eastern Transvaal). With his natural affinity for animals, David spent the two years service as a dog trainer. It was here that he started sketching animals indigenous to the area in his free time.
David ventured into the art of portraiture after this 2-year period. For the next 7 years he continued devoting his spare time to improving his artistic abilities in portraiture. He experimented with both pastel and pencil sketches.
Despite his talent in this form of art, David started to devote his time and talents to wildlife paintings.
Working as a manager at a tanner left David with little time to develop his skills as an artist. However, his early works found favour with Fine Art Portfolio. Since 1995, this relationship has blossomed and the quality and nature of his South African wildlife art has improved markedly.
Style & Format
In a style that is most definitely photo-realistic, David has improved this technique and treatment of detail to the delight of a truly multi-national brand of collectors.
His chosen medium is that of acrylic which is always coated with varnish for extra luster.
Exhibitions & Commissions
In 2004, David was approached to take part in the unity series of limited editions launched for the Nelson Mandela Trust in Switzerland. David’s work was in the top five of the 87 artists commissioned worldwide.
All of his limited editions were sold out as of March 2005. Since this major breakthrough, David’s South African wildlife art has been sought after by major galleries and patrons of the art worldwide.
David Bucklow has had exhibitions in Franschhoek, Oudtshoorn, Johannesburg and Cape Town and has been commissioned by various corporate firms and wildlife organisations to supply a range of wildlife paintings.
He donated a painting of a white tiger to the Kangoo Wildlife Ranch in Outshoorn, which was used to raise money to bring in two new white tigers from the USA to South Africa.