John Bunker’s work seduces and beckons our attention. Flowers dance and diaphanous angels soar through the vibrant paintings in rich, deep colors accented by metallic swirls and curlicues. As one art critic expressed, “The subjects of his paintings are simmering with energy, saturated with fragments of color, and wonderfully alive.”
Beyond creating an extensive and varied body of work over his almost 50 year career as a professional artist, Bunker has also sustained an impressive museum career – which includes being the long-term associate director and interim director of the Jacksonville Art Museum and director of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. He is a graduate of both the Smithsonian Institution’s Fundamentals of Museum Management and the J.P. Getty’s Museum Management Institute UC Berkeley.
As an active volunteer in the Jacksonville Community, John Bunker has served as President of the Riverside Fine Arts Association Concert Board, a member of JaxPride, Chairman of the Koger Gallery of Art and Gardens Advisory Committee, curator of the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission, member of art in Public Places committee, board member of Patrons of the HeArts, board member JAG, and vestry member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
John Bunker’s artworks are included in numerous museum, corporate, public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Several corporate collectors include: A T&T Universal Card, The Mayo Clinic, First Coast Oncology Centers, Nordstroms, First Union Bank, Bank of America, North Florida Community College, Vistakon, The Florida Senate, Riverside House of Junior League, Orlando Jetport, Timuquana Country Club, Stein Mart, The Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.
In 2007, John Bunker received the Individual Arts Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville in recognition of three decades of leadership in the First Coast community.