Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Sunny Buick has been both a tattoo artist and a contemporary artist. Her paintings and prints are influenced by her interest in and experience with tattoos.
Sunny Buick was born in British Columbia, Canada in a small cabin in the woods. She was then raised in California by a single hippy mother, who always encouraged her creative spirit. Finally arriving in San Francisco at age fifteen, after years and years of constant displacement, she finally felt at home. The next year she decided to become a tattoo artist after meeting some "influential misfits". Many years later after finishing college she gained a tattoo apprenticeship with Henry Goldfield and it was in North Beach, not too far from where Lenny Bruce fell out of his hotel window that her career was started. Her work is heavily influenced by tattoo imagery which has become a symbol of her work.
Sunny started exhibiting her paintings around the same time as she started tattooing. She has appeared in several art books about the lowbrow scene. She’s written for Juxtapoz and several tattoo magazines and was photographed by the French artists Pierre et Gilles. She currently lives and works in Paris.