Lot 237 - Richard J. Butler - Island
Acrylic, gouache and watercolour on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Drawing inspiration from ancient art and mythology, Richard J. Butler’s alluring paintings skirt the boundary between figuration and abstraction. Constructed of intricate surfaces built up in layers of grated pastel, acrylic gel and paint, his work often depicts figures and silhouettes that seem to dissolve within vast colour fields. Over the past seven years, the artist has developed a unique technique which consists of pressing large packing blankets onto the still wet painting, a method similar to that of decalcomania. The blankets’ vertical lines are transferred to the painted surface, leaving a systematic imprint on the canvas whilst distorting the image. When viewed from a distance, recognisable forms appear while up-close, miniature abstract landscapes abound, creating sensual and hallucinatory surfaces that explore painting’s illusionistic potential. Butler's work is held in private collections in the UK, USA, France and Belgium. He has exhibited with Bowman Sculpture, London; Masterpiece Art Fair, London; Modernity Stockholm, London; Hannah Barry Gallery, London; Canopy Collections, London; J. Hammond Projects, London; Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin; KARST, Plymouth.
Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (BA Fine Art), 2005-2008
Leeds College of Art & Design, Leeds (Foundation Diploma in Art and Design), 2004-2005
When Matter Becomes Form, Bowman Sculpture x Canopy Collections, London, 2022
Spring Syllabus, J Hammond Projects, London (curated by Lisa Slominski), 2018
The Unlimited Dream Company, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, 2017
The Brightness is the Color, NAM project, Milan, 2016
Richard J. Butler, ATTIC, Brussels (solo), 2016
A Journey to Avebury, KARST, Plymouth, 2014
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