Original psychedelic painting by Bucklee Bell titled “Purple Haze”- acrylic on canvas, 40 x 50cm. 2008. Inspired by a Jimi Hendrix song with the same name and something else I'd rather not discuss.
About the Artist: Bucklee Bell was born and raised in the state of Florida, USA.
His first awareness of personally meaningful art was discovering the works of Surrealists, in particular Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Yves Tanguy.
In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, California and from 1967-1970 was involved in the Underground Comix movement in San Francisco and Berkeley, California using the name “Buckwheat Florida Jr.”
In 1969 he participated in the joint Underground Comix Show at the Sy Lowinsky Gallery in Berkeley. From 1970-2000 he worked primarily in pen and ink drawings.
Bucklee has been living in Chiangmai, Thailand since 1988. In 2005 he began working in acrylic on canvass.
What others have said about Bucklee’s work........
from an interview of R. Crumb in Cult Fiction, in answer to the question “Which comic has altered
your world view?” Crumb answered “ Suds, by Buckwheat Florida, Jr., which came out in 1969, I
believe, had a huge effect on my world view.”
In a column from Heavy Metal, June 1980, Jay Kinney wrote: “The mysterious Buckwheat Florida, Jr..
was one Yellow Dog contributor who managed to do a whole comic, Suds, which the Print Mint
published in 1969 before he too disappeared from view. Florida was the king of the stoned, stream
of consciousness doodle and Suds was forty pages of organic blobs, strange lettering, and deathless prose.”