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I'm just a Yorkshireman who's mad about colour.


But I’m based in Cambridge these days, without a valley in sight. 

In January of 2024, I graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with an Upper Second Class (2:1) BA Hons Painting Degree. It crowned eight years of hard work and an artistic journey of exploration with the Open College of the Arts

But let’s rewind a little bit.

I grew up in Morley, Leeds. My parents were both performers, my dad as a vicar and mum as a drama teacher. I followed suit but decided to avoid the altar.


After heading to London at eighteen, I graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama three years later in 1977. But I missed the fresh northern air so was back up soon enough. This time at Leeds Beckett University, I received  a BA in Combined Studies in 1988, History and English.

But throughout the years and to this day, when I’m not behind a canvas, I’m likely in front of a camera. I’ve been lucky enough to have over forty years’ experience working as an actor in UK films and TV. I’ve featured in over fifty productions and played Barry in 'The Full Monty'. If you’d like to learn more about my acting then please go ahead and check out my IMBD profile or acting website

Close up of Paul Butterworth smiling in his studio

Paul Butterworth artist in his studio January 2024  © Josh Butterworth

If you're here for the painting though, and would like to take a look at my CV, the link is below. Although I started to exhibit my work back in 2019, I have only included more recent and significant events, in an attempt to keep it short. Enjoy!

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