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. I have most recently been Artist in Residence at Foundation OBRAS in Portugal, where the current series of works 'Of Bliss and Silence' began.
Amelie, Maison d’art (Paris, France)
Saatchi Art (USA and worldwide)
Private collections in the UK, USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil and Canada
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.