Ken Buhler's paintings, drawings, and prints blend abstraction and recognizable imagery—often drawn from botanical or decorative forms—to explore the "terra incognita" of the natural world. Working with washes of bold color, meandering lines, stencils, and rubber stamps, Buhler creates images that feel at once new and familiar, revealing a world both luminous and layered.
His solo exhibitions include shows at Lesley Heller Gallery, O'Hara Gallery, Michael Walls Gallery, and the Beach Museum of Art, Kansas. His work is a part of many public and private collections, including the Wichita Museum of Fine Art, the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, the Maslow Collection, IBM, and the Ulrich Museum of Fine Arts, Wichita, Kansas. Buhler has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships from noted institutions including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1987, 2009), the New York Foundation for the Arts (1994, 2009), and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in painting in 1987. In 1983 and 2003, he was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony. Buhler is currently the chair of the Studio Arts program and artist in residence at Bard College, where he has taught since 2000. He lives and works in Brooklyn and in Masonville, NY.
"The mystery of not knowing what lies over the horizon resonates with the sense I have of my own role as an artist – a feeling that I am a chronicler of something important that has yet to be revealed."