The Empty Space Gallery Presents

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The Art of John Buford

On Display May 24-June 22
Artist Opening & Reception: June 1 at 2-5PM

On May 24, 2019, The Empty Space Gallery opens an exhibition to the public featuring the digital works of John Buford.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

                                                                       Robert Frost

“I completed BIG BAD WOLF sitting next to my father in his last few months before his death. Working in the same room with him was the only way I knew how to be present to him. We never did have an easy relationship, and communication between us was never a language I was fluent in.

As the months rolled closer to the end of April, the color palettes I chose cooled down, and the theme shifted from storybook animals to the dark of the woods, and the things that are forever lost in there. It was never planned that this have any significant or personal meaning to me, or my father. But I do believe the forest was a place both my father and I were lost in, each in our own way. A place of things long forgotten, and a place where the light at the exit can be more frightening than the darkness that currently surrounds us.”

John Anthony Buford

In memory of Big Bad John

March 13th, 1939 - April 28th, 2019

This seventeen piece collection of digital works runs May 24 through June 22, 2019.

Please join us in celebration of his new work on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 2-5pm at The Empty Space Gallery, located at 706 Oak St., Bakersfield, CA 93304.  

For more information about this exhibit, please contact:

Artist: John Buford -

Gallery Director: Jesus Fidel

The Empty Space Gallery at Eureka! Presents:



On Display April 1 - June 30

Visit our secondary gallery located in Eureka! Restaurant, 10520 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311. This mini-gallery features an array of different artists throughout the year, along with a portfolio of their small and mid-sized works of art.

Our current gallery features all new digital works by local artist, John Buford.

All items in the gallery are available for purchase at the restaurant with 100% of the proceeds going to The Empty Space [a 501(c)3 non-profit] and the local artist.

Stop by Eureka!, grab a burger, and check out the art in The Empty Space Gallery at Eureka!


The Empty Space invites artists to submit proposals for an exhibition of contemporary art in our 1000 sq ft space.  Our gallery gives new and emerging artists as well as seasoned veterans the opportunity to display their works in a professional gallery atmosphere. Portfolios can be submitted electronically or appointments can be made with gallery director, Jesus Fidel at