Steve Butcher

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Studio Location
in between - negative/positive, 30x30" pigment on canvas 2014
transition, 24x36" pigment on canvas 2014
monumental installation, 4x6" pigment on canvas 2013
There Here, 4x6" vintage postage collage 2014
work landscape - ICON, 24x24" pigment and 24K on wood panel
Artist's Statement

Reflecting an appreciation of the hands-on approach to making art, I paint with archival pigment dispersions mixed with flat silica binder echoing traditional painting materials. The inherent qualities of painting, along with the pictorial vocabulary used, present a historical construct and immediate approachability, that provide the platform to convey a new conceptual viewpoint, exploring the ambiguity of spacial representation. The push pull relationship between an image and the surface plane presents the landscape in which the meaning of a place is suspended between vision and memory.
A recurring theme that provides the catalyst to much of the work created over the last 20 years is an interest in the postcard as a physical entity; both for the image content, (whether depicting a landscape or artwork) or the inherent ambiguity of scale. The constant is the focus on observation and viewer interpretation.


I have lived and worked in New York for 25+ years after studying in England. I started painting on arrival in New york and was involved in the downtown art scene of the early '80's, exhibiting in galleries in the East Village and SoHo. I recently discovered that my first painting on canvas is now in the collection of The Eli and Edith Broad Museum and some early postcard pieces are heading for the British Museum - while many others are in private collections both in the US and Europe.