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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 Upstate/Western NY, Brooklyn, NY; Georgetown, KY; and Portland, OR. Butler received an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and his work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine (Open Studios Press).
In addition to making art, Butler also holds the position of Gallery Director
at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, a gallery showing contemporary art and fine craft.
I paint to disconnect from reality and then I keep painting to disconnect from the act of painting itself. The drifting mind allows me to sort through ideas, personal beliefs and dreams while speaking visually through mark making and symbolism. The surfaces of my paintings are thoroughly wrought with activity—layered with thin translucent washes, contrasted by thicker opaque areas of paint and wandering charcoal lines. The flat surfaces and atmospheric spaces that are created begin to both suggest and negate a physical place. These images exist somewhere between thereal and the imagined. They leave you with the feeling that there is an inherent familiarity in a strange and mysterious situation.
b. 1983, Geneva, NY
Lives and works in Canandaigua, NY