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Paul Butterworth Artist

Born in Epsom in 1956 and brought up in Yorkshire I now work from my home studio in Cambridge. I'm a professional actor, Barry in the Full Monty to Richard in Allelelujah starring Judi Dench (released 17th Feb 2023), and a second term  graduating year BA (Hons) Painting student at the University for the Creative Arts/Open College of the Arts. 

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Artist Statement

A friend said recently, “My painting is like a slow Pollock”.

 

I like that as it’s simple… an ‘arty’ explanation would say that I am concerned with creating new images of thought and imagination that play in the space between the conscious and the subconscious where the painting is a pattern of my subconscious projected onto the canvas.

 

Half of me is acting with colour, lost in the moment, with no set idea of image in mind, consumed by a subconscious improvisational dialogue of colours, gestures, memories, feelings, and emotions. The other is a ‘trained’ artist composing a poetic whole. These two states are simultaneous so that when I’m painting I’m in a liminal space between autonomic mark making and editing. 

 

My work fuses surrealism with a rules-based system. I hope to create aesthetic objects that are on the edge of producing poetic and musical meaning, but ultimately leave that meaning in the eyes of the viewer.

Te get connected email: paulbutterworth1@live.com

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I See You in a Fast Cut World, Golden Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in, November 2022