Photo by Jo Pacheco-Surriable
Sunny Buick is an interdisciplinary artist mostly interested in painting, writing, performance and video. All of her work is informed by her 27 years experience as a tattoo artist. Sunny is friendly, positive, helpful and no-nonsense. Her main interest in making art is storytelling. Likewise her work takes on a narrative figurative form. Through her work she wants to empower the oppressed and marginalized, to show how the world, people and the future are still magical and worthy of hope and transformation despite the mess we’re in.
Sunny Buick was born in British Columbia, Canada and grew up all over Northern California, finally ending up in the Bay Area in her teenage years. In 1986 while attending a high school especially for artists she started to hang out in the milieu of San Francisco tattooing. She began to tattoo professionally in 1992. She served a formal apprenticeship with Henry Goldfield for 6 years. In 2003 she organized a gigantic art show and catalog called SCI Fi Western, with over 100 artists. Which won an award with the Bay Guardian magazine. Shortly thereafter she left San Francisco to realize her adolescent dream to speak french and live in Paris. She has shown in galleries in many parts of the world and in some museum including: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Foster Museum, Wisconsin, and MIAM (Museum of Arts Modest), Sete, France.
Sunny Buick is a founding member of the artist collective “Gang of Witches”. Since 2016 Gang of Witches has created a protected creative space, for exchange and reflection. With an annual publication dedicated to an exposition as well as a musical project, and a podcast; they promote their creations and philosophy, valorizing the work of other artists, thinkers and activists that resonate with the collective. Visit the website www.gangofwitches.com