Helen Butler is a contemporary sky painter. To look at the sky until you dissolve into it is to be in the place where the paintings arise from. Meditative, minimal, they invite the viewer into their own contemplations. The sky is just here, vast, open, eternal, an ever shifting play of colour and light. I have a fascination for these qualities and colours and how they resonate somehow with the subtle qualities within our own being.

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.

Based in London, my work is informed through artist residencies, travel and periods of meditation retreat.


Amelie, Maison d’art (Paris, France)

Saatchi Art (USA and worldwide)


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


January 2020 - Cafe Tissardmine - Rissani, Morocco

August-October 2018 - Foundation OBRAS - Evoramonte, 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.

- Rumi

©Helen Butler 2019
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