Benjamin Butler

  • Installation view from "Trees Alone" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Benjamin Butler photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Trees Alone" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Benjamin Butler photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Trees Alone" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2016 © Benjamin Butler photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled Tree 2016 oil on linen 50.0 x 60.0 cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled Tree 2016 oil on linen 50.0 x 60.0 cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled Tree 2016 oil on linen 50.0 x 60.0 cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled Tree 2016 oil on linen 50.0 x 60.0 cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled Tree 2015 oil on linen 50.0 x 60.0 cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled Tree 2015 oil on linen 50.0 x 60.0 cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー GreyTree 2012 oil on linen h.60.0 x w.50.0cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー PastelForest 2012 oil on canvas 35.6 x 27.9cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Installation view from “Selected Trees” at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2014 ©Benjamin Butler photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー DarkTree(Blue,Green,Brown) 2010 oil on linen 193.5 x 130cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled (Blue,Green,Brown) 2010 oil on linen 182 x 259cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 oil on linen 33x24cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 oil on linen 33 x 24cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー DarkTree(Blue) 2008 oil on canvas 41 x 50.5cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Leafless Trees 2008 oil on canvas 41x50.5cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled (LeaflessTrees) 2006 oil on canvas 152.4 x 243.8cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー TwoTrees,Blue-Green 2006 oil on canvas 40.5 x 50.5cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Mountain TreeGreen 2003 oil on canvas 40.5 x 50.5cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー OceanTree 2003 oil on canvas 50.5 x 40.5cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー P.M.ThroughtheTrees 2003 oil on canvas 60.5x76.0cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー OceanTree 2001 oil on canvas 51.0 x 41.0cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Sway 2001 oil on canvas 41.0 x 51.0cm ©Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 water color, color pencil on paper 25.5 x 19cm © Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 color pencil on paper 25.5 x 19cm © Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 color pencil on paper 25.5 x 19cm © Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 color pencil on paper 25.5 x 19cm © Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 color pencil on paper 25.5 x 19cm © Benjamin Butler
  • Benjamin Butler ベンジャミン・バトラー Untitled 2010 color pencil on paper 25.5 x 19cm © Benjamin Butler

Born in Westmoreland, Kansas, USA, Benjamin Butler currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Butler is well known for his paintings of landscapes and trees that exist on the boundary between representation and abstraction. Simplified forms, contrasting colors, and varying marks and brushstrokes evoke the early work of Piet Mondrian, and the American Abstraction of Frank Stella and Barnett Newman. At the same time, however, Butler’s works have a depth which allows us to transcend such art historical categorizations of definition and genre, and also to consider them in a contemporary context. Although his paintings use motifs found in nature, the favored subject of many artists, Butler is equally, or more, inspired by the language of abstract painting. Through recycling this language, he repeatedly reinvents his subject matters with new and surprising results. These works seemingly trace the boundary lines between representation and abstraction, while containing such a multiplicity of elements as to possess both a poetic tenderness and, at the same time, there is an air of contemporary ‘cool’ to them. As though appealing to individual memories, they confer upon viewers a time for calm contemplation.

Butler continues to exhibit in solo shows in cities around the world, such as New York, Los Angeles, London, Vienna, Basel, and Berlin. Significant solo exhibitions in recent years include “Green Forest” (Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, 2014), “Another Tree, Another Forest” (Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, 2015) and “Trees Alone” (Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016). He has also participated in various group exhibitions, internationally, including PS1/MOMA’s Greater New York in 2005.

Solo exhibitions

2016 "Trees Alone" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2015 "Another Tree, Another Forest" Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
2014 "Selected Trees" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"Green Forest" Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
2013 "In the Midst, Between, Betwixt" Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
2012 "Some Trees" Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
"PASTELS" Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
2010 "Paintings and Drawings 2010" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2009 "These Trees" Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
2008 "Dark and Leafless" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
2007 "Leafless Trees and Sakura" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"New Trees" Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
"New Trees" Galerie michael Zink, Berlin
2006 "New Trees and Forests" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
2005 "New Paintings" Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
"Forest's Edge" Team Gallery, New York
"Paintings" Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel
2004 "Trees" Team Gallery, New York
"Tree Alone" Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna
2003 "Early Spring" Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto
"Little Mountain" Project Room/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2002 "Mountain Painting" Team Gallery, New York

Group exhibitions

2014 "Short" Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
2013 "Imprisoned, Jailbreak" XYZ collective, Tokyo
2010 "LEAFLESS" Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
2009 "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
"Mark-Making: Dots, Lines and Curves" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
2007 "Inside the pale (curated by frank Schroder)" Thrust Projects, New York
2006 "Benjamin Butler, Holly Coulis, Ridley Howard" Galleria Glance, Turin
"Home coming" Nerman Museum/ Epsten Gallery, Overland Park, KS, USA
"Summer Group Show" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX/ Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL, USA/ Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
"Approaching Landscape" Galerie Michael Zink, Munich
"Palette (curated by Augusto Arbizo)" Greenberg van Doren, New York
2005 "PULP" Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
"Greater New York" P.S.1, New York
"Honeymoon with Romeo (curated by Holly Coulis)" Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel
"Devil's Punchbowl (curated by Katharina Grosse)" Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
"Hello Sunday" Sixtyseven, New York
2004 "Beat the Reaper (curated by Joe Bradley)" Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston
"Full Disclosure" Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, USA
"Five Artist Shows" Rove/ Kenny Schachter, London
"A.C" Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
"Where do we come from, what are we? where are we going? (curated by Katherine Bernhardt)" Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles
2003 "The Larger Room (curated by Mari Eastman)" 678 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles
"Game Over" Grimm/ Rosenfeld, Munich
"Greetings from New York: New Abstraction" Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2002 "Inaugural Exhibition" Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto
2000 "Electraslip Knife (curated by Stephanie Campos)" Alternative Space, Chicago
1999 "long cold winter in an endlessnameless (curated by Slater Bradley, Jay Batlle and Amy Sarkisian)" Studio 870, Los Angeles