Bradley Butler


Bradley Butler

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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

  • 2010Rochester Institute of Technology, MFA
  • 2007Nazareth College of Rochester, BS
  • 2013Substantiality, The Little Theatre, Rochester, NY
  • 2011There is No Up or Down, The Gallery at Equal=Grounds, Rochester, NY
  • 2010A Glimpse Beyond The Real, Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY
  • 2008The Future Consequences of Neglect, Rochester Contemporary Arts Center (lab space), Rochester, NY
  • 2014Arena @ Gallery r, Gallery r, Rochester, NY
  • 2014The Continuing View, Tyler Art Gallery, Oswego, NY
  • 2014The Opposite of Concrete, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
  • 2014Pathways, Order and Disorder, Dolce Valvo Art Center, Sanborn, NY
  • 2014Penumbra, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
  • 2014Winter Air, View Art Center, Old Forge, NY
  • 2013New Work: RIT Alumni Painting Invitational, Gallery r, Rochester, NY
  • 2013Locality, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
  • 2013Fluidity, Gallery r, Rochester, NY
  • 2012MARK 11/2012, Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
  • 2011Wide Open 2, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010Hard Work!, Joy Gallery, Rochester, NY
  • 2010Contemporary Portraiture, Scott County Arts Consortium, Georgetown, KY
  • 2010Wide Open, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2007Recent Work: Sara Dankert and Bradley Butler, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
If you are in Upstate NY (more specifically, in the Finger Lakes Region) and are interested in my work, email me or give me a call to set up a studio visit! Follow me on: