Bradley Butler was born on a cold December morning in 1983 in Upstate New York. He grew up in a small town 30 minutes east of Rochester and most likely, always knew he was an artist. He has been making and exhibiting his work since 2006 and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Rochester, Buffalo, and New York, NY; Georgetown, KY; and Santa Fe, NM. Butler received an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and his work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine, vol. 9 (Open Studios Press). In addition to making art, Butler also holds the position of Gallery Director at in Clifton Springs, a gallery showing contemporary art and fine craft.
The imagination is a powerful tool and seldom do we reach our full potential in using it. The ever-present feeling that there is something happening within and around us that seems to be outside the conscious and logical realm is a notion that interests me. This body of work focuses on capturing a feeling of being on the edge of what is real while entertaining the idea of the unconscious mind physically spilling out into the world around us. Déja vu, the spaces between sleep and our conscious lives, as well as the everyday strange occurrences in which we see something that is not there; these are concepts I combine in this series of abstract paintings. My paintings convey the feeling we get when something passes our periphery and, when turning to look, nothing can be found. In one sense they can be thought of as landscapes, in another, mindscapes.
b. 1983, Geneva, NY
Lives and works in Canandaigua, NY