Read Alan Singer’s review of my show, The Disillusionment of Dreams on his blog: The Visual Artworker.
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 26 from 5pm to 7pm at The Little Theatre Café in Rochester.
The exhibition runs from May 25 through June 21 and will include 5 paintings made within the last few months along with key works made within the last two years; all marking an evolution in the body of work as a whole.
Other upcoming exhibitions include:
– Party in The Park, under the RoCo Tent! June 6th from 5pm to 10pm
– RIT Painting Alumni Invitational at Gallery r in Rochester
Show Dates: June 26 through July 20, Opening: July 5 from 7pm to 9:30pm
– Paintings and Drawings at The Owl House in Rochester
Show Dates: August 12 through September 9, Opening: August 12
Check back soon for more details and other future exhibition announcements.
In the summer of 2011, I started experimenting with making paintings on drawing paper and it allowed me to alter my approach to making a painting. I have almost always worked exclusively on canvas, using acrylic paint, ink, drawing media, and a large quantity of water. This allowed me to get a misty transparency and the ability to achieve the foreboding, ominous, atmospheric image that I was searching for.
Working on drawing paper limited the amount of water I was able to use and this ultimately had a great effect on the work. I was still able to achieve similar outcomes but with a slight shift in the execution. I found this very interesting… Early this year, I began to work on stretched canvas once again and I was thrilled to be able to work on something that was 100% more resilient than the drawing paper. The paintings are still in progress but I have come to a stand still. So, I will go back to working on drawing paper for a little while and see if I can resolve the issues I am having. Perhaps, I will paint on paper for a while, perhaps not.
Above is an image of my blank paper, waiting for activity. This will be my largest painting on paper so far, measuring around 46″x30″. Stay tuned…
These photos are long overdue. From the show I had at The Gallery @ Equal=Grounds. The show consisted of 19 new paintings all done with acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, conté, and oil stick on paper and mounted to board. Overall, the show looked really dark and mysterious and surprisingly almost all of the paintings looked great on the strange orange walls they have in the gallery. Images of each of these paintings will soon be on www.bradleybutler.net and some of them are currently on display and for sale at the Firehouse Gallery @ Genesee Center for the Arts and Education on Monroe Ave in Rochester (where I work).
Here are some photos from the opening on Friday October 1, 2010.
There has been a flurry of activity both in the studio and elsewhere which has caused me to be a bit lax in my updating this blog and my website. Below is a short review of the show at Joy Gallery by Alan Singer, artist, professor, and art writer extraordinaire:
Recent graduates take over the Joy Gallery on Rochester’s west side for a two person essay on the state of abstract art in a show titled “Hard Work”. Here lyrical layers of color in deeper tones by Bradley Butler rub shoulders with hard edge grids of color by Rick Minard. Butler has a knack for improvisation and the experiments can be dark, poetic and oceanic. Minard on the other hand is more analytical, precise and buoyant in his color choices.
— Alan Singer, The Visual Artworker (art blog) | Stepping Out for Art, Posted 10/6/2010
The show actually stayed up at the gallery for almost a month longer than expected, so, if you have yet to see it, make a point to stop by on Saturday from 12 noon – 4 pm! Photos will be uploaded from the opening soon…
I was featured in yesterday’s Democrat and Chronicle! The front page of the “Living” section has a small blurb and photo of a painting which will be featured at the Joy Gallery in the HARD WORK! exhibition with Rick Minard… Read the full article online, here.
* The photo of me in the online article was taken by my sister, a brilliant young photographer, Sarah A. Butler. You can view her work here