Artist William Butcher

Today I wanted to write about the artist that will be acting as one of the jurors for this year’s annual exhibition for CAFA.  After all, discovering (new-to-me) artists is the best part of my jobs.

When choosing jurors, we needed two subjects well versed in art and potentially be artists themselves, that was obvious.  However, we wanted to equal the playing field between the representational art versus the abstract and non-representational art entries.  We want to give all styles of art a fair competition.  William Butcher was chosen, not only for his knowledge in art, but also for the mastery of his own abstracted compositions.

The Pharaoh, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 57 in.
The Pharaoh, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 57 in.
Spill in The Gulf, acrylic and burlap on canvas, 42 x 62 in.
Spill in The Gulf, acrylic and burlap on canvas, 42 x 62 in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first time I saw his paintings I could NOT stop staring.  There is this outpour of emotion in all his paintings that grab your attention and it doesn’t let    go.  Once you are captured by this irrational emotional force do you start noticing the rest of the composition and its surreal components.  His surrealism is reminiscent of Salvador Dalí, and in an almost playful way he will enter your consciousness to reveal a hidden treasure.

You can visit his website here: http://williambutcherpainting.com.  His artist statement is short and it explains his compulsion to create.  He explains “…the language of painting must painstakingly reinvented and its art continually rediscovered.  It is a language whose vocabulary is based on vision of ideal forms, an ideal that is illusive and impossible to reach.”  It is that which I admire most about art, as in life.  Each one of us is reaching for an ideal and, though we may never get there, on the way we will discover such pleasures.

William Butcher has been painting for over 30 years is also the head of the art department at Suffield Academy in Connecticut.  As you can see, there were many reasons we chose Butcher as one of the jurors.  Not only does he show his skillful technique, emotion, and conceptual processes within his paintings; but he also has such great philosophical wisdom that we are lucky he will judge the show.

The Escape, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 50 in.
The Escape, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 50 in.
Sculpture
Sculpture

Here at CAFA we are getting more excited about the 103rd Annual Exhibition because we are seeing the incoming entries each day.  There’s a little over a month left for the online submission deadline (April 4th), so if you are an artist, hurry and sign up!  I hope you enjoyed reading about our first juror.  In the next few days I will write a post about our other juror, or you can go here and check it out yourself: http://www.ctacademy.org/annualEx1910.html

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