Paul Butterworth Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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I am an actor by profession and final year BA (Hons) Painting student at the University for the Creative Arts - Open College of the Arts campus. I love colour and would like my paintings to add a little happiness to the world. I improvises in oil paint laying down visual riffs and then reacting to them. I draw from nature but also from the joy of colour.

I am a colourist working with oil to make people smile and bring some joy into the world. I am also concerned with the cross over between the subconscious and conscious and how paintings connect people across space and time. Most of our thinking occurs below the level of thought and by painting abstraction I can communicate directly with my viewer's subconscious.


No. 15, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £249

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No. 16, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £399

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No. 11, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £250

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No. 17, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £250

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No. 18, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £299

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Projects and exhibitions



19/07/2022 — 21/07/2022

An MA degree show by Norwich University student Sophie Taylor studying curation. The theme was 'Identity' and featured 15 artists. Sophie also made an instagram account and I had an instagram takeover for the day. I attended the artist's talk.

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Collect Art Spring Issue - 2022

31/05/2022 — ongoing

Collect Art is an online and print art magazine... "Independent ad-free online art gallery, dedicated to discovering and promoting art. A common space for artists, photographers, designers, and other artists."

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2022 - THE NTKO AFFORDABLE ART EXHIBITION, Louth. 7th - 14th May 2022 (Four paintings accepted)

07/05/2022 — 21/05/2022

Small independent gallery in Louth, Lincolnshire. Four paintings accepted. (They extended the exhibition by a week)

NTKO Gallery, Louth Details

Haus-A-Rest (zine) - article on colour published in 'Writing - Issue 21 - Colour'

01/02/2022 — 31/03/2022

Article on colour published in online art magazine published by two Phd students. (Third article down). Details

Featured on Northern Art Collective Instagram page.

01/02/2022 — 31/03/2022

Northern Art Collective featured one artist with a northern connection every day for a month. Curated by Chloe Reynolds. Instagram page. Details

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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Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, Cambridge Details

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