Neil Butterfield is an Oxford painter known for his use of colour. His paintings are usually figurative, but it is their structure and carefully calibrated blocks of colour that stay in the memory.
He describes colour, patterning and composition as the critical elements in making a picture, and of an almost obsessive need to get it right. 'It's all about balance,' he says, ‘and knowing when to stop – rather like cooking' (another favourite activity).
He sees colour, composition and the painting process as a way of shaping the world. This is the working method that lies behind his flat, almost decorative style, which explores the tension between the painted surface and the illusion of pictorial space.
His art heroes include David Hockney, Ben Nicholson and Matisse and above all Paul Klee. For Klee, it was a visit to Tunisia that did it. 'I have found colour', he said, ‘it has hold of me.' For Neil, it was India and in particular Rajasthan. The Oxford Times has described Neil’s work as 'glowing and exuberant' and he sees that as something to live up to!
Neil shows his work in a number of galleries in Oxfordshire and exhibits regularly in Artweeks. His work is in collections in UK, USA, France, Italy and Australia. He was for some years the Chair of the Turrill Sculpture Garden and on the Committee of the Oxford Art Society.
More of this exceptional artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions: H:65cm, W:65cm (artwork H:50cm, W:50cm)
Mixed media on canvas
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