Burritt “Bucky” Benson’s art defies easy description. Even so, his paintings and drawings provide the viewer the opportunity to explore the blurry border between the organic and the inorganic, with the epics of childhood and songs of adulthood intermixed, accompanied by species both imagined and real. Through Bucky’s art the viewer can experience both the beautiful and the harrowing simultaneously, along with the constant cycles of growth and decay. Benson’s impulsive creativity process examines, synthesizes, and creates his nonverbal response to the complex experience of working in the moment, while hinting at a narrative, but remaining intentionally ambiguous most of the time. The Benson cosmos folds and unfolds for the viewer with unending and original creative force and bold inventiveness of intent sparking the imaginations of both the young and old alike.
Burritt “Bucky” Benson III studied drawing throughout his childhood, high school and college. Knowing he was returning after college to work in the family construction company Bucky put his art ambitions aside and concentrated on a business degree, graduating in 1992, with a B.A. in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A year later he married his college sweetheart Sara Shatterly.
Bucky worked his way through the family construction company to become president. Burritt explains, “My father and I shared an office together. I loved it. My dad is an amazing man, Citadel grad, liver transplantee, natural health & food guru, loving husband and I could go on with the accolades. In October 2004, things are going great at the company and my dad popped this question out of the blue, “Son, if you could be doing anything in the world to make a living and be happy at it, what would you be doing?” I quickly answered, “My art.” His response was, “Take off, go get ’em.” So, with my family’s support and encouragement, that’s what I did.”
Bucky studied painting and digital arts in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke under professors Tarleton Blackwell and John Antoine Labadie. In 2011, his painting titled “Winning” was showcased at the “State of the Art/Art of the State” exhibition at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina. In 2012, Burritt contributed an original three dimensional painted work to the “North Carolina Cow Parade” which was then exhibited at the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bucky’s “cow” art is now in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Zoo in Ashboro, North Carolina. Benson’s art has been the subject of international interest. In August of 2013, his paintings were featured in “The Lakeview International Journal of Literature & Arts, Vol. 1, No. 2.” In 2014, Bucky was commissioned to create original art for the NBC Sports Network Charlotte studio where Nascar America is produced. His original drawings and paintings have been in numerous exhibitions and arts publications and also reside in various private collections.
Burritt “Bucky” Benson III
Lumberton, North Carolina 28358
February 29, 1968, Lumberton, North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, 1992.
2004 – Present Artist, Self-employed
1992 – 2004 Benson Construction, Inc., Lumberton, North Carolina
Art Exhibitions / Commissions:
2018 Jeff Brown, Michele Hastings & Burritt Benson
Hastings Gallery of Art, Sandhills Community College
Pine Hurst, North Carolina
2016 Compilation Group Show, Inner Peace Center For The
Arts, Lumberton, North Carolina
2016 Marty Snider & Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina,
Sharpie Art for TaxAct Commercial
2016 Solo Exhibition, Wyche Gallery, Southeastern Community
College, Whiteville, North Carolina
2015 Salon Show, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2014 NBC Sports Network – Charlotte, Nascar America, Art
for Autograph Wall
2013 Salon Show, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
2012 Cow Parade North Carolina, 2012, Chapel Hill, Durham
2011 Group Exhibition, State of the Art / Art of the State,
Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina
2010 Juried Invitational, Black and White, Fine Arts Gallery,
Fayetteville Tech Community College, Fayetteville, N.C.
2010 Group Exhibition, Graffiti & Related Styles, Fine Arts
Gallery, Fayetteville Tech Community College,
“Some of my artist influences are Picasso, Keith Haring, Basquiat, Van Gogh, Matisse, Kandinsky, Klimt, Pollock, Braque and Mark Tobey. I also love graffiti art, all the old Disney animated movies and just about any classic Looney Tune cartoon. Westerns, war movies, knights and castles, flying red barons and science fiction movies tend to sneak into my paintings quite frequently. John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are still two of my favorite heroes. I grew up watching Hee Haw, The Carol Burnett Show and Monty Python, which I think helped my demeanor and take on things. I’ve learned to paint and draw what makes me happy every chance I can; wondrous and amazing things tend to always happen and transpire when I do. I give God all the glory and praise, and remain confident that with His help I will continue to exceed mine and other’s expectations. Lots to paint and draw still left in me, very fortunate indeed. Hope you enjoy viewing my artworks and please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments via my contact artist page. Thank you!!” – Burritt Benson III