Helen Butler is a contemporary artist from London, making meditative, minimal paintings on canvas and paper, inspired by atmospheric colour and light.
Currently based in Portugal, the work is informed through artist residencies, travel and periods of meditation retreat.
The painting itself is a meditative process. 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.
Amelie, Maison d’art (Paris, France)
Private collections in the UK, USA, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Brazil, Canada and Singapore.
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
July 2017 - Featured in Format Magazine in the article ’20 Contemporary Painters’
August 2015 – Featured on the ‘Vogue’s Gallery’ page of British Vogue magazine
September 2014 – Promoted as ‘Artist of the Day’ by Saatchi Art
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.