Laura Butler Irish artist, Belfast

Mountain Cottage,Carnlough,County Antrim,(ref photo WA Green Collection,NMNI)
Mountain Cottage,Carnlough,County Antrim,(ref photo WA Green Collection,NMNI), Oil and Acrylic on Canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
House of Peter Keenan,Alwories,Co. Tyrone,1951 from a photograph in the National Folklore Collection,UCD
House of Peter Keenan,Alwories,Co. Tyrone,1951 from a photograph in the National Folklore Collection,UCD, Graphite on paper, 8.3 x 11.7 inches
Barbara and Sherry on Muldersleigh Hill,Islandmagee,County Antrim
Barbara and Sherry on Muldersleigh Hill,Islandmagee,County Antrim, Pencil on paper, 8.3 x 11.7 inches
The Hill Family,Valley Farm,Portmuck,Islandmagee,County Antrim,(painted with kind permission from Robin Cowan)
The Hill Family,Valley Farm,Portmuck,Islandmagee,County Antrim,(painted with kind permission from Robin Cowan), Oil and acrylic on natural linen canvas board, 10 x 12 inches
Old Glynn,(painted from a vintage postcard)
Old Glynn,(painted from a vintage postcard), Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Family at a cottage half door,Glens of Antrim,(detail from a vintage postcard by W.A Green,NMNI)
Family at a cottage half door,Glens of Antrim,(detail from a vintage postcard by W.A Green,NMNI), Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
The Crooked Row,Gleno,County Antrim
The Crooked Row,Gleno,County Antrim, Oil and acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches
Cottage Industry in the Donegal Highlands,(Reference photo from the R. Welch collection,PRONI)
Cottage Industry in the Donegal Highlands,(Reference photo from the R. Welch collection,PRONI), Oil on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches
A Summer Stroll,(1930's or 40's) in Glynn village,County Antrim,painted with consent from Claire Quigley
A Summer Stroll,(1930's or 40's) in Glynn village,County Antrim,painted with consent from Claire Quigley, Oil and acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches
Selling Fish in Old Inver Village,Larne,County Antrim,painted from the R. Welch postcard collection
Selling Fish in Old Inver Village,Larne,County Antrim,painted from the R. Welch postcard collection, Oil and acrylic on canvas panel, 10 x 12 inches
Spinning in Glynn Village,painted from a vintage photograph
Spinning in Glynn Village,painted from a vintage photograph, Oil and acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches
Doing the Chores,Back Street,Glynn,County Antrim,painted from a vintage postcard
Doing the Chores,Back Street,Glynn,County Antrim,painted from a vintage postcard, Oil and acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches

Irish artist Laura Butler, Belfast


'I have always been drawn to places where the presence of people can be felt, whether they be current occupants or the long departed spirits of the past. I am intrigued by the relationship between people and the landscape; the way in which patterns of life become recorded within the environment, alongside natural processes'

Laura Butler was born and raised in Belfast. She studied art and design at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Co. Antrim and Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design and holds a BA honours Upper Second degree in Fine Art. She studied both Painting and Photography. When faced with deciding between these two disciplines Laura majored in Photography because she could paint at home but needed the college darkroom facilities for Photography. She also explored moving images and produced short 16mm films, processing these by hand, editing and adding sound.

Laura's artwork was included in group exhibitions in Devon and Cornwall around graduation and she was an active member of the Exeter Film Workshop undertaking teaching and audio-visual support for community groups.

Through a part-time post as an audio-visual and 'life skills' assistant in a centre for young people with special needs, Laura decided to pursue a career in the caring professions and obtained a postgraduate qualification in this field from the University of Exeter. Laura continued to paint but it was not until the millennium that she began to produce artwork in earnest again and undertook some commissions. In 2001, chronically homesick, she returned from England to live in her native County Antrim, which features extensively in her paintings. From 2007 onwards she exhibited her paintings online. Laura continues to successfully balance full-time work in her professional career with part-time painting and photography.

Exhibitions:
2010 - Solo exhibition at Hilliard Gallery for the Kansas Irish Festival.
2011 and 2012 - Jam Art Factory, Dublin.
2014 - Solo exhibition, 'Living Stones', Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
2014 - Group Exhibition, A Celebration of Larne Art, Larne Museum and Art Centre.
2014 - Solo exhibition - Museum and Civic Centre, Antrim Street, Carrickfergus.
2015 - Joint exhibition with Stephen Jamison, Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
2015 - Solo exhibition, Larne Museum and Art Centre.
2016 - 'Artist of the Month', solo exhibition, The Bank House, Whitehead, County Antrim.
2017 - Solo exhibition, Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
2017 - Group exhibition 'Larne Lamppost Banner Project', Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne, county Antrim.

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