Illusion and Perception with Frea Buckler

Frea studied Fine Art, Printmaking at Central Saint Martins in London and more recently passed her Masters degree with Distinction in Print at UWE in Bristol.

Frea’s latest work retains the precision and technique of screenprinting but adopts an improvisational method more like drawing or painting to produce series’ of unique prints.  This process embraces the balance between chaos and control. Frea has 3 cards on our stand at Moniker Art Fair in October.

Benjamin Murphy caught up with Frea ahead of Moniker Art Fair. 

BM - For those that might not know, please explain who you are and what you do.

FB- I am an artist. I work mostly with screenprint using it as a tool for drawing to create one off improvised screenprinted works on paper. I like to work without pre made plans, I just start printing and see my work ends up. It's bit of a balance between chaos and control. Form, colour,  illusion and improvisation are elements that interest me most.                                                                                        

BM - Have you always been so creative?

FB –  I was always making things, drawing things, cutting things up as a kid. My dad is an artist too,  so I grew up with things he had made on our walls at home, he was also my art teacher at secondary school and was very into print, which meant we had great facilities.  Both my parents were also very supportive when I chose to study Fine Art, I hadn't really been interested in anything else.                                                                                                                              

BM – In your own words, your works often resemble origami. Do you, or have you ever created actual origami?

FB – I have but only very simple ones. Although I like the idea of it – making an object out of a piece of paper -  I find the instructions almost impossible to follow and usually end up frustrated! But I do love making folds in paper, I used to make a lot of paper models, more the geometric kind that you cut out with a scalpel with flaps that you glue and I think this is probably more present than origami in my work.

BM - The pareidolia phenomenon occurs when looking at some of your works. Do you ever notice anything within your works, or do you ever intentionally represemt something in the hope that people see it?

FB – Ha, this is interesting – I like the forms to have a structural possibility but I don't intend or want them to actually represent an object. I like the is it? isn't it? thing and the illusion of shadows and folds. Sometimes when I've finished a print I can see fish or birds and I really don't like these ones, they usually get recycled. But I am interested in the conclusions our brains jump to in seeing 3 dimensions in something that is flat. I prefer to see the finished prints as representing our behaviours or processes, rather than objects, usually ones that I have been through to make the work, such as Balance or Flow, these ideas are expressed in the titles.

BM - What made you want to get involved with Art On A Postcard?

FB – It’s a great cause and a great charity. It would be great to see Hepatitis C eliminated by 2030. I like donating work and being involved in different projects. There are also some great artists on board and I feel honoured to sit alongside them.                                                                                           

BM - What other exciting things are you working on at the moment?

FB – I have mostly spent the summer posting and packing my screenprint Glide 3 which was selected for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. But in between that I have been making new work for Smithson Gallery to show at the Autumn Art Fairs, which is always an exciting time of year.... Smithson and Jealous Print Studio have also collaborated and published an edition of my screenprint'Blink'. I have also been lucky to be working with'Look Up Prints' - an online print store that specialises in artists who work with geometry, line, pattern and colour. There are some great artists involved and it was a real pleasure to meet many of them at the opening exhibition.... I've been working with Syndicut who collaborate with artists and designers on swimwear and have also just been selected for the Neo:Print Prize and was lucky to win an award. So lots of excitng things going on!

BM – Where can we find out more about your work?

FB – I have a website, There are also some interviews and works for sale on the Smithson Gallery site – Also Look Up prints and Syndicut  You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram for the latest goings on.


About the writer

Benjamin Murphy is an artist who primarily creates delicate figurative works using black electrical tape. As well as this, he regularly writes about contemporary art. He lives and works in London.