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Benjamin Butler

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.

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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 - Forest(s)

Will Heinrich reviews Benjamin Butlers, "Forest(s)" show in The New York Times.

Museum Exhibition

Benjamin Butler in Greater New York at MoMA P.S.1

A Benjamin Butler painting was included in Greater New York, 2005, at MoMA P.S.1, in New York City.

Outside Exhibition

Benjamin Butler in Group Show at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Benjamin Butler has three paintings included in Forest Through the Trees, a group show at Laumeier Sculpture Park in Missouri. The exhibition focuses on artists who have taken the tree as both subject and object. The exhibition is on view August 27 through December 11, 2022.


Benjamin Butler

Yuki Higashino reviewed Benjamin Butler's solo show at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna.


Benjamin Butler: 'Green Forest'

Roberta Smith reviews "Green Forest" Benjamin Butler's second show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery