Benjamin Butler (artist)
Benjamin Butler (born April 20, 1975) is an American artist, based in Vienna, Austria.
Born in Westmoreland, Kansas and raised in Wamego, Kansas, Butler studied painting at Emporia State University before attending graduate assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in 2000. He in imitation of moved to New York City, having his first solo play of paintings at Team Gallery in 2002. He soon earned indispensable accolades for his paintings of mountains and trees, and followed like international exhibitions in New York City, Toronto, Tokyo, Vienna, London, Berlin, Austin, Basel, Beijing, and Los Angeles. He is currently represented by Tomio Koyama in Tokyo and Klaus von Nichtssagend in New York.
Ken Johnson described his be in in The New York Times in 2005: "Mr. Butler is toying as soon as a Pop player with conventions of to come 20th-century abstraction...he then revels in painting as an decline in itself; so he and we gain to have it both ways: we can be both knowing intellectuals and paint-loving hedonists". Writer Roberta Smith has written just about his play in that "Few representational painters have managed to rid themselves of quite as a result much representation and nevertheless make pictures." Will Heinrich has written, also in The New York Times: "Mr. Butler has narrowed his focus even further, to thrillingly psychedelic effect: His play-act now seems balanced upon a razor blade between Conceptual practice and “The Starry Night,” but at the thesame time, somehow, it has tolerable room to move."