PHILIP BULLER is a figurative painter who is known for his historic, large scale paintings and unique surface texture. Buller employs a painting technique that involves the process of repeated application and erasure; fragments of semi-transparent images echo other images, creating a ghostly, veil-like presence and an experience not unlike memory or recognition.
Philip Buller was born to American diplomat parents in Delhi, India in 1954, but spent his youth mostly in northern Virginia and his ancestral home of New England. Buller moved to northern California in the late 80ʼs. He received his BA in Painting and Drawing from Sonoma State University in 1992. Upon receiving his MFA from California College of Art in 1994, he taught private lessons and art classes at Santa Rosa Junior College for 10 years.
During this time Buller spent each summer in the Mediterranean, teaching painting retreats in Italy and Greece. His work reflects his respect and admiration for the Renaissance and Baroque masters while including references to photography, printmaking and other more contemporary processes.