David Porteous-Butler’s work reveals an honest and direct affinity with his subject that is driven by his love of the natural world. He has a passion for the vitality of the landscape and changing light around him. Suffolk provides much inspiration and the English countryside is a true love, although he has also worked extensively in Southern Europe including time in France and Italy. Working with a limited palette, he is always faithful to the truth in what he sees.
His portraits reveal the same integrity, and his sculptures, whether in bronze, stone or marble, are faithful to his belief in a natural and simple beauty in all things. They assume the life and presence of the subject matter, both in their execution and in how they relate to their surroundings.
David was born in North London in 1945 and his childhood was spent in and around Highgate. He studied in London under the late Sir Kyffin Williams RA and Anthony Green RA before being offered a place at the Royal College of Art. David is truly a protégé of, and remained close to, Sir Kyffin Williams RA, sharing his fundamental belief that drawing and draughtsmanship are a vital part of the artist’s craft.
In 2015 David was commissioned by the Cunard shipping line to create a 175th anniversary commemorative painting featuring the three majestic and world famous ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, which was then published as a special collector’s edition. His work is in collections in the UK, France, Italy and the USA. He settled in Suffolk in 1978 and he regularly exhibits in and around the county.
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