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(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Quietus, an exhibition of new paintings by Richard Butler, goes on view at BCB Art on Saturday, May 14, with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8pm. The exhibit, featuring expressionistic portraits, remains on view through Sunday, July 3.
With his daughter as his muse, Richard Butler depicts lush expressionistic portraits of a pensive female, who serves as a cipher for himself. Butler explains:
“In a way, I think all of my paintings are self-portraits in that, though the face I am painting may not be my own, the feeling I get back from the painting is certainly an important element of my own psyche.”
Focused on the material qualities of his medium, Butler smudges, distorts, and overlays patterns onto his models’ faces, creating dynamic compositions that are both naturalistic and hallucinatory.
Butler was trained as a painter at the prestigious Epson School of Art & Design in London, but he is also known as the singer-songwriter for the acclaimed art-rock band, the Psychedelic Furs, best known for the title track to the hit film, “Pretty in Pink.”
Butler has exhibited widely, including at Mauger Modern in London; Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami; Kim Foster Gallery in New York City, and Robert Miller Gallery in New York City.
Butler lives and works in New York.
BCB ART is located at 116 Warren Street in Hudson, N.Y.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon-6 pm, and by appointment.
For further information, please contact the gallery at: 518-828-4539, or visit BCB Art