Sharon Butler

New York, New York, USA

While I was growing up, my father was a Sunday painter. He made copies of work by his favorite artists—Klee, Mondrian, and Picasso—and hung them throughout the house. Surrounded and intrigued by his ersatz masterpieces, I adopted abstraction as my primary visual language. The small size, pictorial language, and handmade quality of my work thus derive from abstract easel paintings from the postwar era. My geometrical structures combine architectural form with eccentric perspective and irresolute draftsmanship. Perhaps because I intuitively appreciated abstract painting before I could grasp its intellectual significance, I don’t proceed with any grand aesthetic theory in mind. I simply work until color, shape, and line combine to tell a story that I find convincing

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