Artist, ceramicist and painter Megan Buccere is gaining recognition for her work but not in Zachary, where she lives and works as an art teacher, and not among the local art circles she frequents; instead, she is gaining acclaim as an emerging artist on the lowbrow art-pop surrealism scene.
“I am just beginning to gain some recognition,” Buccere said.
For the past 14 years, she has taught advanced and talented art at Zachary High School, where she also is head of the visual and performing arts department.
Her students’ work has been regionally and nationally recognized over the years, including multiple first-place awards at Baton Rouge Gallery; some have even won the congressional art award, according to Buccere.
“They’ve had their work hung in the halls of Congress,” Buccere said. “I’m extremely proud of my students; they are very talented.”
Buccere is a featured artist in Zachary’s Fall Art Crawl event and a former member of the Regional Arts Council of Zachary. She designed the council’s logo when it first launched about three years ago.
As a pop surrealism painter, Buccere describes her work as heavily influenced by pop art of the 1960s.
“My pop surrealist style is a juxtaposition of fantasy and reality,” Buccere said.
According to a recent Huffington Post article, “A Pop Surrealism Primer: Spotlighting Mab Graves,” “Pop Surrealism honors the Dark by seeing the Light in it. Best served in intricate frames that both embrace and mock their contents in wry visual dichotomy, pop surrealism is lush and comical, stark and poignant; Pop Surrealism is blood and fairy wings, dysfunction and redemption wrought by alchemists in leather Moto jackets.”
Buccere said several of her artist friends, such as Aunia Kahn, are mentioned in the article. Kahn is well-known in the pop surrealism movement and owns Alexi Era Gallery in St. Louis, Buccere said.
“She gave me my very first exhibition opportunity over the summer, choosing some of my paintings to be in the show ‘Indelible’ at the Alexi Era gallery,” Buccere said.
Buccere’s pop surrealism work also has appeared in other shows and galleries such as Philadelphia’s Arch Enemy Arts in the third annual “Small Wonders” show, which opened Nov. 7, and in San Francisco’s Modern Eden Gallery in the show “Le Chat Noir,” an invitational group exhibition inspired by La Belle Époque. The October show featured one of Buccere’s paintings, “Une Queue de Chats,” which sold.
More shows are on tap for Buccere in 2015, including one at Swoon Gallery in Los Angeles and another at the Modern Eden gallery.
She said some of her recent paintings have been created using acrylics, oils, mixed media and soft pastel mediums.
“I go through phases with the media I work with. Sometimes I feel the need to paint and other times draw, so it really just depends,” Buccere said. “Usually, in the planning stages, I can get a feel for which medium works best with a specific piece.”
In addition to her upcoming shows, Buccere has been asked to be part of a book project with Kahn and is involved in the 78 Tarot project, a global art collaboration that brings together well-known international artists annually to create an elaborate tarot deck.
The Zachary-based painter is also co-founder of an art collective featuring 27 established and emerging artists who share the same love of pop surrealism and lowbrow art, Buccere said.
Titled “Copycat Violence: An Artist Collective,” the project began over the summer when she and three artist friends from Canada, Norway and the U.S. decided they needed to get a group of artists together who wanted to establish a network within the art world, Buccere said.
“We promote each other through social media platforms, art auctions and have several group shows each year,” Buccere said.
The next art collective is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Portland, Oregon.
A native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Buccere moved with her family as a teen to Louisiana, where she pursued her love of art. She attended LSU and has a bachelor’s degree in art education.
“When I’m not teaching, I love to spend time with my family and work in my studio,” Buccere said.
To view Buccere’s paintings, visit meganbuccere.com.