Benjamin Butler has become well known for a repeated use of trees, forests, and landscapes in his paintings. This repetition of motif, coupled with varying levels of abstraction, allows him to make paintings that are freed of concern for ‘subject matter’. Additionally, his work exudes a sensitivity to the accessibility and familiarity that the history of landscape painting provides. For the past two decades, the artist has reinvented his subjects through systematic process, brushwork, color, composition, and surface. Butler is exploring the limits of abstraction and representation in painting while weighing pictorial beauty against conceptual restraint.View CV
Lake Gosau Catalogue
A catalogue was published on the occasion of Benjamin Butler’s 2022 exhibition Lake Gosau at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery.
Ludlow / Leipzig
In 2019 Leipzig-based Bastian Muhr and Vienna-based Benjamin Butler began a conversation rooted in an affinity for each other’s work. Ed. No. 7 of KLAUSGALLERY.CLOUD explores the discussions the two artists had surrounding a mutual interest in the aesthetics of a reduction that still preserves the presence of the hand, and Ludlow/Leipzig: their two concurrent shows at Galerie Jochen Hempel in Leipzig and at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York.
Benjamin Butler in Group Show in Vienna
Benjamin Butler - Forest(s)
Will Heinrich reviews Benjamin Butlers, "Forest(s)" show in The New York Times.
Benjamin Butler: 'Green Forest'
Roberta Smith reviews "Green Forest" Benjamin Butler's second show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery
Selected Paintings 2001-2012, 2012
Benjamin Butler: Selected Paintings 2001-2012, a monograph of the artist's early paintings with an essay by Barry Schwabsky. 72 pages, full color, 8.25 x 10.125 inches.