Bill Buchman Figure Drawing and the art of abstract painting
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 As the creative manifestation of the mind of a skilled musician as well as painter, Bill's work combines the principles of music, color and drawing in exciting abstracts which have been described as “symphonies of space, form and color” and in fluid figure drawings which have been characterized as " lightning bursts of energy condensed into a fine line". An internationally represented American artist, Bill Buchman’s music influenced abstractions and expressive figure drawings may be seen extensively in private and public collections in Denmark, Sweden, England and the US. He studied painting and drawing early on with renowned teachers: Victor D’Amico at the Museum of Modern Art’s Institute of Modern Art, East Hampton, NY; leading American figurative painter Fletcher Martin at the Albany Institute of Art, in Albany, NY; and prominent Abstract Expressionist Robert Richenburg at Cornell University. Bill attended Cornell University, School of Fine Arts and Boston University, School of Liberal Arts and has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Before moving in 2001 to Sarasota, Florida where he has his studio, Bill worked and exhibited for twenty years in Europe primarily in Scandinavia. Educator and author as well as painter and musician, Bill gives workshops and seminars around the country on creativity, abstraction and the figure and has made five popular DVD’s on these subjects He also works with Savoir Faire, leading US importer of the finest European art materials, teaching his unique approach. Bill has been on the faculty of the Ringling College - Longboat Key Center for the Arts for the previous 13 years and now teaches at the Venice Art Center. His innovative book, “Expressive Figure Drawing” (Watson-Guptill/Random House, 2010), has sold widely and is found in many museum bookstores.

Bill states, “Using a spontaneous Zen approach, I go for the essentials of space, form and color, exploring the way nature “behaves” rather than just the way it “appears”. As a lifelong student of Eastern and Western metaphysical thought, I strive to combine Dadaist poetics with the expressiveness of the brush gesture to create paradoxical compositions which, for all their drama and assertiveness, allow for and invite viewers to imagine their own story line. When painting I work to maintain a jazz-like flow and strive for universality and immediacy."

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NEWS : Bill has come  out with an exclusive signature line of Sumi brushes and bamboo pens which are available on Amazon. Check them out here: Zen Sumi Brushes. Bill's instructional DVD's , "Art Is an Attitude:The Art Of Figure Drawing" and "Creative Breakout: The Art of Freedom",  have been very well received and are available in art stores throughout the US and online. You may learn more about them, see clips, and get them now at:  or get them along with Bill's brand new new series of DVD's:  1) Zen Breakout: Contemporary Experimental Art with Sumi Brushes, Reed Pens, and Mixed Media 2) Zen Breakout: New Figure Drawing Techniques and 3) Keeping the Melody: Making Contemporary Abstracts with Inspiring Techniques and Materials at this link: :

Check out the article from May 27th, 2009 in "New Times" San Luis Obispo, CA:

 And this article at "Your Observer":


Selected Publications:

Instructional Book:

  • Expressive Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill/Random House) December 2010

Instructional DVD’s:

  • Zen Breakthrough: Contempory Experimental Art with Sumi Brushes, Reed Pens, and Mixed Media, 2011
  • Zen Breakthrough: Figure Drawing Techniques, 2012
  • Keeping the Melody: Making Contemporary Abstracts with Inspiring Materials and Techniques, 2012
  • Creative Breakout: The Art of Freedom, 2009
  • Art Is an Attitude: The Art of Drawing the Figure, 2008

Music CD’s:

  • Art of Blues w/Steve Arvey, 2015
  • Art Of Jazz, 2015
  • Out Of The Blue, 2004,
  • Birthday Party w. Sammy Rimington, 1998

Children’s Short Stories: 

  • Solomon’s Wish, 2002
  • God Smiles, 2001

Poetry Book:

  • Suite for Modern Man, 1988

Film Scores:

  • Silence of Flight, 1998
  • Transformations, 1986
  • Easy Street, 1980


  • Faroe Islands Jazz Festival, 2000
  • Galleri Aalborghallen, 1999
  • Gallerihuset, 1997
  • Landskrona Konsthall, 1995
  • Gammelgaard Kulturhus, 1991

Selected Exhibitions:

 • Allyn Gallup Gallery  • Sarasota, FL 2015

 • The Studio at Gulf and Pine  • Anna Maria Island,FL 2014

  • World of Art Showcase • Wynn Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 2012

 • Gallerihuset • Denmark, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,  2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

 • Ringling College Longboat Key Center for the Arts, FL, 2011

 • Tennis Gardens. Longboat Key Club -Longboat Key, FL, 2010

 • Herning Kunstmesse • Denmark, 2009

 • State of the Arts Gallery • Sarasota, 2006, 2007

 • Lauritzen/Rush Galleries • Marco Island, FL, 2005

 • Art Copenhagen • 2004, 2000

 • Gallerie Des Artes • Sarasota, 2004, 2003, 2002

 • At The Loft (group) • Omaha, Nebraska, 2003

 • Longboat Key Art Center for the Arts • Longboat Key, Fl,  2003

 • Galleri Aalborghallen • Aalborg, Denmark, 1999

 • Galleri Caramel • Helsingborg, Sweden, 1999

 • United States Embassy • Copenhagen, 2000, 1998

 • Louise Rimington Gallery • Faversham, UK,  1997

 • Roskilde Town Hall • Roskilde, Denmark, 1999

 • Kunstkorridoren Nådada • Copenhagen, 1996

 • Galleri Anesen • Hillerød, Denmark, 1992

 • Gammelgaard Kulturhus • Herlev, Denmark, 1991

 • Galleri Gaia • Copenhagen, 1989, 1988, 1987

 • Blomsten • Copenhagen, 1988, 1987, 1986

  • SAS Art Society • Kastrup, Denmark

 • Mærsk Data Art Society • Copenhagen

 • Det Øst Asiatisk Kompagni, Art Society • Copenhagen

 • Landskrona Konsthall • Landskrona, Sweden, 1995

 • Kreditforeningen Danmark • Copenhagen

 • Handel og Kontorforbund • Copenhagen

 • Danish Ministry of Energy• Copenhagen