Sharon Butler

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Pipes and Rooftop Structures, 2013, pigment and binder, pencil, on canvas, 66 x 84 inches.
Egress, 2013, pigment and binder, staples, on laundered linen, 14 x 14 inches.
Turbine House, 2012, pigment and binder, pencil on canvas, loosely stretched, 66 x 84 inches.
Wet on Wet, 2013, pigment and binder, thread on linen tarp, 18 x 24 inches.
Agnes Martin, 2013, pigment and binder, pencil, staples, canvas, 14 x 14 inches.
Artist's Statement

The imagery is derived from my surroundings – specifically the industrial HVAC units, vent silencers, fire escapes, and other odd rooftop structures in New York City. I think about what a painting is, what a painting depicts, and what a painting can mean. Literally and superficially, a painting is stretchers, paint, canvas, primer, image, shape, color, and object. More practically, a painting is the outcome of a series of decisions. And I believe that painting is a metaphor, and that the choices we make in the studio reveal who we are.


Exhibitions include: Pocket Utopia (New York, NY), Lesley Heller (New York, NY), The Painting Center (New York, NY), Union College (Schenectady, NY), The Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY), Pierogi (Brooklyn, NY), SEASON (Seattle, WA), John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY), STOREFRONT (Brooklyn, NY), Parallel Art Space (Queens, NY), Norte Maar (Brooklyn, NY), and Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT).

I publish Two Coats of Paint, an art blog about painting, which was awarded a 2013 grant from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program. In conjunction with exhibitions, I often publish artist's books, all of which are available online at Two Coats of Paint Press.