Paul Butterworth Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Paul Butterworth is an abstract painter working from his home studio in Cambridge. He has painted since childhood and is due to graduate with a BA (Hons) Painting in 2023. When not painting he is acting. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1974 to 1977 and his acting career spans over 40 years with numerous TV and film credits from the 'Full Monty' to 'Allelujah'. ​

Paul Butterworth uses Golden Acrylic on canvas because of their colour saturation and quick drying time. He uses secondary colours straight from the tube or mixes them. This gives him a bright saturated palette divorced from nature. Colours then become a language of their own separated from their functional use of guiding us round the visual world. He uses colour inside shapes to fill the canvas and compose visually harmonious surfaces that are emotionally and intellectually stimulating without conscious meanings. ​ His aim is to connect and entertain. His work provokes personal responses in the viewer that range from the decorative, through the symbolic and figurative, to the meaningful. Paul has no authorial intent and is happy for the viewer to connect to his work with joy, contemplation, or a wry smile.


Sky Dreaming, Golden Acrylic, 2022, £260


High Top, 2022, Oil on canvas, 2022, £210


Vinyll, Golden Acrylic, 2022, £369

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D31 Gallery - Graduate Exhibition 2022

26/11/2022 — ongoing

D31 is a thriving three story gallery in the centre of Doncaster with fantastic outreach, good footfall, and excellent community connections putting on a regular series of solo and group shows over the year. This show is for students who are currently studying art or graduated within the last two years. I have three pieces (the maximum) of work...

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D31 Gallery, Doncaster, Doncaster Details

Bowery Visual Arts exhibition

01/11/2022 — ongoing

Group show of seven artists in the gallery's new exhibition space. The blurb says... "The aim of the bowery gallery is to offer an innovative, stimulating and diverse showcase for the best emerging talent around, it is a place for engaging with contemporary art that will surprise and challenge."

Bowery Visual Arts, Headingley (North Leeds) Details

The Mercer Open

17/09/2022 — ongoing

This is a high status show at a well respected gallery curated by Courtney Spencer. The show runs up until 8 Jan 2023

The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Details


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.

The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich Details

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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