John Bunker’s work seduces and beckons our attention. Flowers dance and diaphanous angels soar through the vibrant paintings in rich, deep colors accented by metallic swirls and curlicues. As one art critic expressed, The subjects of his paintings are “simmering with energy, saturated with fragments of color, and wonderfully alive.”
Beyond creating an extensive and varied body of work over his 40 year career as a professional artist, John has also sustained an impressive museum career – which includes being the long-term associate director and interim director of the Jacksonville Art Museum and the director of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. He is a graduate of both the Smithsonian Institution”s Fundamentals of Museum Management and the J.P. Getty’s Museum Management Institute at the University of California at Berkeley.
As an active volunteer in the Jacksonville Community, John has served as President of the Riverside Fine Arts Association Concert Series, a member of JaxPride, Chairman of the Koger Gallery of Art and Gardens Advisory Committee and the curator of the JIA Arts Commission.
John’s art works are included in numerous museum, corporate, public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Several corporate collectors include: AT&T Universal Card, The Mayo Clinic, First Coast Oncology Center, Nordstroms, First Union Bank, Bank of America, North Florida College, Vistakon, The Florida Senate, Riverside House, Orlando Jetpot, and the Timuquana Country Club, Stein Mart, The Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens- to name a few.His artwork can also be seen at Winrights, and Stellars Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and at his Jacksonville studio.
John Bunker received the much deserved 2007 Individual Arts Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville in recognition of three decades of leadership in the community.
Flowers are central to my work! If you have a passion for color and shape, and enjoy nature, you can’t find a better model.