Art Uncorked September 27th at The Sanctuary featuring Curt Butler

Jasmine Porch and Wells Gallery feature Curt Butler at Art Uncorked, September 27th  beginning at 5pm.  Enjoy fine hors d’oeuvers paired with inspiring art work, creating a Lowcountry five-star art walk and wine tasting event.  Cost is $15 and includes art walk, live demo by artist, selected wines for tasting and hors d’oeuvres.

Educated at Kent State University and The Savannah College of Art and Design, Curt Butler received both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Fine Art. After graduating, he moved to Gastonia, North Carolina.

Curt considers himself an artist who teaches and shares his knowledge with other aspiring artists. He has taught at various art schools including Braitman Studio, Gaston Day School, Gaston College, and Gaston School of the Arts.

He has been asked to conduct guild workshops throughout North Carolina that have been attended by both art students as well as professional artists. “I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge with others to create a journey for someone else.” In 2002, he was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award at Gaston Day School for his outstanding teaching abilities.

In 2006, he started his own business, Butler Studio, where he works on paintings for galleries, businesses and private collectors. Curt creates approximately 90 to 120 paintings each year.

Butler’s current work is a mixture of oil paint and encaustic painting techniques. These techniques have afforded him the opportunity to experiment within the realm of mixed media. His paintings are often layered with multiple colors combinations that enhance the surface, creating a tactile effect. The textures are rich with both brushstroke and palette knife work. His paintings seem to come together at a distance with his imagery, and yet, work on a purely abstract level as you approach them.

Most of his work is based in landscape yet it is not rooted in a particular place, but instead speaks to a general mood or feeling he has experienced from being surrounded by nature. His larger work envelopes you and is a powerful statement on any wall. His style is current with contemporary thoughts about the flat abstract nature of the picture plane versus the illusion of space; and he skillfully balances both of these ideas into a singular piece. His bold loose strokes seem to melt off the painting and at times, drip, as if there is something more meaningful beyond the mere image.