Tom Butler is an English painter known for his contemporary cityscapes. He trained as an illustrator at Swansea University (graduating in 2000). This early training informs all his work which is highly figurative and depicts places he has remembered or imagined.
Butler has painted some of the world’s great cities attracted to their sense of space and drama: London, New York, Venice, Paris, Havana and Dubai (see: View From The Tate, New York Pork and Pink Houses).
He favours wide vistas, full of strong architectural detail: bridges, columns, grand buildings, busy shop fronts and elegant boulevards. These cosmopolitan metropolises are often inhabited by dark silhouettes: shoppers or pedestrians, going about their business, or huddled against the rain.
Butler combines his illustrator’s eye for graphic representation with a Modernist twist using mixed media and found ephemera: magazines, newspapers and other materials. He often employs a specialist collage system, Lasertran, to transfer photocopied materials onto his works. This bricolage allows him to indulge his love of texture and typography in his original paintings and limited edition prints.