David Porteous-Butler

David Porteous-Butler has a passion for the vitality of the landscape and the changing light around him, and his home base of Suffolk provides much inspiration. David’s amazingly deft touch with a palette knife creates works that are as much a work of sculpture as painting; with the paint and colour expertly crafted into lively and impressionistic forms, which seem to change depending on the perspective of the viewer. All art is enjoyed best in-situ, and this is particularly evident with David’s work, as it is highly textured. Reproductions on the web or in print do not really do his paintings justice; it is only in real life that an audience can truly appreciate his work.

David studied in London under the late Sir Kyffin Williams RA and Anthony Green RA before being offered a place at the Royal College of Art. David is truly a protégé of, and remained close to, Sir Kyffin Williams RA, sharing his fundamental belief that drawing and draughtsmanship are a vital part of the artist’s craft This year, David Porteous-Butler was privileged to be one of twenty artists invited by the BBC to the Millennium Bridge on the day of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant to paint the scene on the river. Despite the torrents of rain, he was able to produce a beautiful piece that reflects the real scene on the Thames that day. He has subsequently produced another larger scale work based on what he saw that day, which will also be on view at the exhibition.

David Porteous-Butler’s work is in collections in the UK, France, Italy and the USA and this special exhibition at Mandells Gallery is the culmination of over 1ast eighteen months work.

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