Lot 360 - Richard J Butler - Sunset With Strata
Mixed Media on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
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; 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
Masterpiece Art Fair, Bowman Sculpture, London 2022
When Matter Becomes Form, Bowman Sculpture x Canopy Collections, London 2022
There Are No Strangers Here, Canopy Collections x Modernity, London 2021
Spring Syllabus, J Hammond Projects, London 2018
The Unlimited Dream Company, Hannah Barry Gallery, London 2017
The Brightness is the Colour, NAM project, Milan 2016
Richard J. Butler, ATTIC, Brussels (solo) 2016
Urban Tales #1 The Bank, Poultry, London (organised by Art Night) 2015
Time Pieces, Rogue Space, Manchester 2014
A Journey to Avebury, KARST, Plymouth 2014
An Element of Whim, Fokidos 21, Athens 2013
Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London (selected by Paul Noble) 2013
Caught in the Act, Chelsea Futurespace, London 2009
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I've always approached the making of art with the mantra:
Sometimes making something leads to nothing and sometimes making nothing leads to something.
I think a little bit of that came through with this piece.
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