Painting has been my teacher, guide and expression on a contemplative journey through the realms of the heart and the colours and light of landscapes in different parts of the world. 

The work is informed through artist residencies, travel and periods of meditation retreat. 

The painting itself is a meditative process. I work mainly with oil paint on canvas and paper. The works on paper are made in response to colours witnessed at a particular moment. The paintings on canvas go on a longer journey, made slowly from multiple layers of oil paint, into their own presence and radiance of colour.

I am from London, UK, and currently based in Portugal.



GALLERIES

Amelie, Maison d’art (Paris, France)

COLLECTIONS

Private collections in the UK, USA, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Brazil, Canada and Singapore.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

October and November 2021 - Cortiço Artist Residency - Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

May - June and August - October 2020 - Foundation OBRAS - Évora Monte, Portugal

January 2020 - Cafe Tissardmine - Rissani, Morocco

August-October 2018 - Foundation OBRAS - Évora Monte, Portugal

March 2018 - Joya: AiR - Parque Natural Sierra de María-Los Vélez, Spain

March 2017 - Lahe Lahe - Bangalore, India

April and May 2016 – Nes Artist Residency – Skagaströnd, Iceland

March 2012 – Cill Rialaig Project – Ballinskelligs, Ireland

EDUCATION

1996-1999 - BA Fine Art with English Literature (1st class honours) – Canterbury Christ Church University College 

1995-1996 - Foundation Diploma in Art & Design – Camberwell College of Arts





Come out here where the roses have opened.

Let soul and world meet.

The sun has drawn a fine-tempered blade 

of light. We may as well surrender.

- Rumi




©Helen Butler 2022
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