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I am passionately inspired about luminous light and shadow and the sensuous nature of objects and their relationships to each other elevated to a higher level. The goal of my work is to capture the moment of wonder in everyday objects that may reveal a story for the viewer. I choose my subjects very carefully for the magic of their texture, color, or graceful design. Whether it be a persimmon with leaves, a shell, antique glass, exotic orchids, some gourds or a pear, all are transformed in paint with many layers of glazes some in oil on canvas and some in watercolor on paper.

John studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and received his B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Pratt Institute, New York. Exhibiting throughout the United States over the past 40 years, John Arbuckle has works in many private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Kaiser Permanente, Lloyds of London, to name a few. He has also received numerous awards including Gold and Silver Art of California Discovery Awards.


Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA
Erickson, Beasley & Hewitt, San Francisco, CA
Exxon Corporation, New York, NY
Global Touch, Inc. Berkeley, CA
Kaiser Permanente, San Jose, CA
Lloyds of London, San Francisco, CA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA
Monahan Pacific Development Corp.,San Rafael, CA
Crystal Cruise lines


1997 Effie Marie Speciality Desserts, Burlingame, CA
1993 Watercolor Series, Red Lion Hotel Corp.,Sacramento, CA
1992 Mural, CB Commerical / Hercules, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA
1975 Mural, Peters International Records, Inc., New York, CA


2017 Paul Lagatutta, Three Rivers, CA

2015 Dr. Thomas Merigan, Palo Alto, CA

2015 Kevin Stampfl, Moss Beach, CA

2015 Jeffery Kohler, San Francisco, CA

2008 Marilyn Maslov, Walnut Creek, CA

2008 Dr. Richard Ostreicher, Oakland, CA

2007 Rebeccca Wolfe, Hollister, CA
2006 Matt Belmont, San Francisco, CA
2006 Dr. Richard Ostreicher, Oakland, CA
2005 Joe McCarthy, Los Gatos, CA
2005 Dr. Neal Shorenstein, San Francisco, CA
2005 Dr. Richard Ostreicher, Oaland, CA
2003 Marty & Margie Diamond, Lafayette, CA
2002 Benjamin Leaskou, Brisbane, CA
2001 David Charnley, San Francisco, CA
1996 Pat W. Durbin Heavey, Oakland, CA
1995 The Honorable John Picucci, Esq., NYC
1993 Shalumith E. Rubinfien, Palo Alto, CA
1993 Helga & Larry Lesser, San Francisco, CA
1994 Gene Tartaglia, San Francisco, CA
1992 Judy Osterhout, Menlo Park, CA


2117 Solo Exhibition, Rhoda Goldman Plaza, San Francisco, CA
2113 Solo Exhibition, The Sequoias, San Francisco, CA
1993 Stanford University Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, curator, Priscilla Hexter
1981 ADI Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1975 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


2017 “FourSquared Alumni”, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 “FourSquared”, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

        Art for Aids, City View at Metreon,  San Francisco, CA

2113 Solo Exhibition, The Sequoias, San Francisco, CA

2012 Art for Aids, City View at Metreon,  San Francisco, CA

2011 Two Artists, St. Paul’s Towers, Oakland, CA

2010 Still Life Exhibition, USF Law School, San Francisco, CA

2008 Contemporary Still Lifes, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

2007 Off The Point, San Francisco, CA
2006 Donna Seager Gallery,"Delicious", San Rafael, CA
Prudential California Realty, Sausalito, CA

2004 CFA Gallery, "Good Enough to Eat", San Anselmo, CA

2003 Christopher Clark Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1870 Design Group, San Francisco, CA
Voshan Fine Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2002 Pacific Resources Inc, Pacific Place, San Francisco, CA
Traditional & Contemporary Printmaking, City Arts gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000 South of Market Artists, Netcentives Inc. San Francisco, CA

1999 Hunter’s Point Shipyard Studio Artists ,Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
University Medical Center, Hallside Gallery, Salt lake City, Utah

1998 Tribune Tower Show, Oakland, CA

1997 Quantum: Milpitas, CA
Nortel Corporation: Santa Clara, CA
The Anatomy of a Print, Bedford Gallery: Walnut Creek, CA
Triton Museum of Art: Santa Clara, CA
LeCelle Gallery: San Anselmo, Ca

1996 Triton Museum of Art: Santa Clara,CA
Winfield Gallery: Carmel, CA
Gallery 30: Burlingame, CA
Influx Gallery: Asheville, NC
Art Competions sponsored by LANA Paper International, Kismet Gallery:
San Jose, CA, Juror, Janet Fish
Hitachi Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA

1994 LANA Paper International Competition, Campbell Thiebaud Gallery, San
Francisco, CA Juror Wayne Thiebaud

1993 In and Out: OPTS Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1990 American Zephyr Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1989 International Freedom Exhibition, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Survey Exhibition, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1975 ” Young American Printmakers” National Group Exibition Tour sponsored by
1978 Exxon Corporation, Pratt Graphics Center, New York

1978 Louis Abron’s Arts for Living Center: New York, NY
1970 Winston Gallery, Fort Lee, NJ


1971-76 BFA painting, printmaking, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1971 New York School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


1996 LANA International Paper Art Competition, Exhibition Award, Kismet Gallery
Juror, Janet Fish

1994 Gold Award, California Discovery Awards, Works on Paper, Art of California
Magazine. Juror, Michael Botwick, Director, Newport Harbor Art
Museum;Susan Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions , Laguna Art Museum;Jean
Stern, Director, The Irvine Museum; and Kenneth Trapp, Curator of
Decorative Arts, The Oakland Museum.

1993 Silver Award, California Discovery Awards, Traditional Painting, Art of
California Magazine, Jurors, Ilene Susan Fort, Associate Curator of American
Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Harvey Jones, Senior Curator,

Oakland Museum; Martin Petersen, Senior Curator of Art, San Diego Museum
of Art: Gregory B. Saffel, Publisher, Art of California Magazine, 1993

1976 “Young American Printmakers”:National Group Exhibition Tour, sponsored by
Exxon Corporation, Pratt Graphics Center, New York, NY


Photo, “Persimmon with Leaves" Oil , Issue 60, June, 2008, page 118
“The Gift”,by Stella M. Capek, Oxford American Magazine
Cover, U.S. Art Gallery Magazine, May, 2002
Sara Gilbert, 25 Artists You Should Know, U.S.Art Gallery Magazine, May, 2002 pg 27
Anita Amirrezani, Anatomy Illustrates Range of Print Medium, Santa Clara
Times, April 24, 1997, pg. F1 - F2
Photo “Pears”, watercolor , Sunday San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Datebook, Sept. 29,1996 pg.23
Photo, “Artichoke”, lithograph, Sunday San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Datebook, April 20.1997 pg.20
Photo, “Artichoke” lithograph, Rossmoor News, April 23,1997, 
Photo, “Artichoke” lithograph, The Sunday Times, Santa Clara, April 20,1997 
Priscilla Hexter, Arbuckle’s Landscapes Capture Moment in Time , 
Stanford Campus Report, Feb. 20, 1991, pg.15
Nell Bernstein, Portrait of the Artist, S.F. Bay Guardian, Oct. 11,1989