Paul Butterworth Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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I am a 3rd year BA (Hons) Painting student specialising in abstract expressionism at the University for the Creative Arts - Open College of the Arts campus. Originally from Yorkshire I now live and work from my home studio in Cambridge. I have been a professional actor since 1977 and started my painting degree in 2016 when my son went to university.

I find colour is like an explosion of happiness, it's a very pure thing. Painting is like playing, and you can work things out without thinking. I suppose my paintings are, on one level, the inside of my head on canvas as I'm not consciously painting anything exterior like a sunset or a feeling... I'm in the moment. But on another they are about all our experiences of colour.


No. 8, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £349

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N0. 9, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £359

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No. 10, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £299

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No. 11, 2022, Oil on canvas., 2022, £329

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Projects and exhibitions


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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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