Jeffrey Butters: Atmospheric Nuance

Jeffrey Butters beside his "Garden III" Oil ink and gold dust monoprint, 2009, 22" x 17" (Copyright by Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy of Butters Gallery)

Jeffrey Butters beside his "Garden III" Oil ink and gold dust monoprint, 2009, 22" x 17" (Photo by Claire Sykes. Copyright by Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy of Butters Gallery)

October 6, 2009

By Claire Sykes

Butters Gallery, one of the most respected art galleries in Portland, is also one of my favorite. It consistently shows work that holds my gaze, shifts my brain and gets me all inspired. Plus, the Butters clan couldn’t be a friendlier, more generous bunch.

One person in the family (maybe more?) is also a talented artist. Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) graduate Jeffrey Butters’ oil paintings and monotypes are featured in the gallery’s current exhibit (October 1-31, 2009), which also includes works by ceramic artist Betsy Wolfston, of Eugene, Oregon.

I especially like Jeffrey’s monotypes, with their overlaid, subtle colors, each image built from many printings. His oil paintings, in particular, suggest a Turneresque sensibility, as if Jeffrey took a corner of one of the great artist’s seascape skies and lost himself there.

Brushstrokes sweep across his canvases, the paint casting a soft glow from the gold dust in it, which he also mixed into his printing inks. At the gallery’s opening last Thursday, he told me, “I’m influenced by nature, especially the morning sky. Working is 90 percent looking and ten percent action. My paintings and prints are meditations, slow discoveries.”

"Earth" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009 Painting oil and gold on canvas 2009, 48.25" x 36.25"ñ˜ñ

"Earth" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 48.25" x 36.25" (Photo copyright by Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy of Butters Galleries)

"Dusk" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 40.25" x 30.25" (Copyright Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy Butters Gallery)

"Dusk" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 40.25" x 30.25" (Copyright Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy Butters Gallery)

"From Above" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 28.5 " x 23.5" (Copyright Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy Butters Gallery)

"From Above" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 28.5 " x 23.5" (Copyright Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy Butters Gallery)

"Open" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 28.5" x 23.5" (Copyright Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy Butters Gallery)

"Open" Oil paints and gold on canvas, 2009, 28.5" x 23.5" (Copyright Jeffrey Butters. Courtesy Butters Gallery)

See Jeffrey’s work by visiting Butters Gallery this month, and www.buttersgallery.com.

© Claire Sykes. All rights reserved.

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