1936 – 1992

Jerry Buchanan devoted his life to painting, teaching and study.  He lived most of his adult years in the Little Italy area of Manhattan near the SoHo galleries where he was often featured as an exhibitor.  He lists 54 major works of art in his retrospective.  Many have been sold and exist in various collections today. 

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jerry Buchanan demonstrated his artistic talent during a childhood bout with rheumatic fever, ages 7 to 9.  He later attended art classes at Wichita Art Association School and in high school.  He received his BFA from the University of Kansas and after a year-long stint as Assistant Director of the Wichita Arts Association, he relocated to New York City.  He returned to KU for graduate studies and subsequently received an International Exchange Scholarship to Reading University in Reading, Berkshire, England.

Mr. Buchanan taught Visual Arts 210: Introduction to Drawing at Princeton University during the years 1979 - 1991.  James Seawright, director of the Visual Arts Program said, "Jerry is well-known in New York and in this area." Buchanan was been affiliated with three major Soho galleries.

Highly acclaimed, Mr. Buchanan’s works were featured in a number of one-man exhibitions and numerous group shows.  He is collected by connoisseurs in the US and Europe.

A complete list of Jerry Buchanan's paintings may be found in his Retrospective

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Highly influenced by the spiritual values of Abstract Expressionism, he incorporated found objects from nature into paintings.  Color was initially reduced to primaries while he continued to use collaged and dimensional elements.  In 1982 he painted acrylic on plywood heavily collaged with glass, wire, tape, string and staples.  In 1988 he adopted the tradition of Lyrical Abstraction continuing with a collage-paint connection.  Late in his career he evolved from acrylic to oil with less collage element.


1958                BFA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

1959                Graduate Studies, University of Kansas

Graduate Studies, Reading University, Reading Berkshire, England



A respected teacher and guest lecturer, Mr. Buchanan worked to discover what the student wanted to achieve and then coached him/her to reach those goals rather than trying to mold the student to his personal preferences/style.

1979/88 90/91 Lecturer, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

1987                Guest Lecturer, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

1981/2/3          Instructor, Parsons School of Design, New York City

1982                Guest Lecturer, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

Guest Lecturer, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

1980                Guest Lecturer, Parsons School of Design, New York City

1976/7/8          Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

1976                Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz, California

1975                Adjunct Lecturer, York College of the City University of New York

Guest Lecturer, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, New York

Guest Lecturer, C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, Greenvale, New York

Guest Lecturer, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

1974                Adjunct Lecturer, York College of the City University of New York

Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

1972                Visiting Lecturer, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

1969                Guest Lecturer, Queens College of the City University of New York


1986        Klein, Ellen Lee.  “Sequential and Diaristic Drawings.”  Arts Magazine, May, p. 105.

1985    Doan-Johnson, Susan.  The Trenton Times, December 1, p. DD1.

1982        Klein, Ellen Lee.  “Nocturne.”  Arts Magazine, October.

Heartney, Eleanor.  “Nocturne.”  Arts Magazine, October.

1981        Lewis, Brian.  “Profile.”  Gold Coast Magazine, Fall Issue.

1977        Keefe, Jeffrey.  “Generation.”  Artforum, May, pp. 60-61.

Bell, Jane.  “Generation.”  Art News, April, pp. 154, 156.

Lubell, Ellen.  “Mysterious Roses and Muscular Reliefs.”  The Soho Weekly News, February 22, pp. 30, 54.

1976        Robins, Corinne.  “Constructs and Animals.”  Arts Magazine, June, p. 18.

1974        Russell, John.  New York Times, May 17, p. 14.

Smith, Roberta.  Artforum, October.

da Vinci, Mona.  The Soho Weekly News, May 1, p. 38.

1973        Bell, Jane.  “Ten Painters in New York.”  Arts Magazine, October.

1959        The Kansas Magazine, Fall Issue.

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