Paul Butterworth Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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​I am an abstract artist and third year BA (Hons) Painting student at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham – Open College of the Arts campus. As well as painting I am also an actor. I trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 1970's and have multiple film and TV credits.

My paintings are stories woven in abstraction where you can enter imagined worlds and lose yourself in the moment. I work intuitively with oil paint repeatedly layering, covering, masking, and revealing to make the most meaningful surface I can. I can work for days or weeks on a canvas as it evolves into the best it can be... and then suddenly, magically, it is finished.


Abstract #2, Oil on canvas, 2021, £300

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Abstract #8, Oil on canvas, 2021, 249

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Projects and exhibitions


Awaiting Voices

30/09/2021 — ongoing

An online group exhibition of artists from around the world curated by Aishwarya Kulkarni and Sunaina Kahandelwal from Sept 30, 2021 - Oct 30, 2021. Every contributor is also interviewed online. Website: www.mi-sul-com

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Supporting the Arts 2021 Online Exhibition curated by Bobby Forsythe

01/08/2021 — ongoing

Supporting the Arts was created last year (2020) by artist, Bobby Forsythe. She curated an online Instagram exhibition to help support other UK artists during a difficult time in the midst of a pandemic. Forsythe wanted to create an online community that came together and supported each others creativity. It proved a success and she welcomes...

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OPEN CALL for Interim Arts Instagram Account


Open Call to contemporary artists for the Interim Arts Instagram page. Each artist will have three posts about them and their work curated by the Interim team.

Interim Arts are a contemporary arts collective providing a platform for artists to showcase work made ‘in the meantime’. The idea of the meantime suggests impressions, ambiguous...

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Abstract Expressionists 'Artist of the Week' on Fine Art America

01/01/2021 — 07/01/2021

The Abstract Expressionist group on Fine Art America (1841 members) select an 'Artist of the Week' each week.

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#simoncartertakeover OCA Instagram takeover

30/08/2020 — 31/08/2020

1 of 58 paintings chosen by Simon Carter for the 1st OCA guest curation of Painting/Drawing students' work across all courses/all years.

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Posers at 30

04/12/2019 — 19/01/2020

Celebrating 30 years of weekly Life Drawing sessions at the Cambridge School of Art, professional and amateur artists, illustrators, designers, architects, painters, sculptors, students and those who just enjoy drawing come together to exhibit their intriguing and eclectic works in this fascinating balcony exhibition running co-currently with...

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Transition Art magazine.

11/06/2019 — 11/09/2019

My review on Unnatural Wonders by Arthur C. Danto was published in issue 2 of Transition Art magazine.

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New OCA Interior Design Foundation Course.

01/11/2018 — 01/06/2019

1 NOVEMBER 2018 New distance learning course: Foundations in Interior Design. One of my assessment paintings from Drawing 1 was selected to advertise the OCA's new Interior Design Foundation course.

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Logo design for East of England OCA group

01/07/2017 — ongoing

My logo was chosen for the East on England OCA group.

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East of England regional Open College of the arts group

01/06/2017 — ongoing

Co-founder of East of England regional OCA group.

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AbstractLandscapeColouristSemi figurative