New works coming in our Fall 2017 Collection
Valerie Butters’ flamboyant art burst upon the art scene in Montréal, Toronto, British Columbia and Ottawa. She is fascinated by the subconscious and influenced by surrealism and expressionism. She has studied under prominent contemporary artists including Jennifer Hornyak, Marilyn Rubenstein, Seymour Segel, Shirley Kats, Philip Iverson, Sophie Jodoin, and Jacques Clement. She was also inspired by the revolutionary Canadian artist Paul-Émile Borduas.
Borduas created a very different vision of life and art with his spontaneous expressions of emotions, feelings, and sensations. While his work was considered radical in his time, Butters' work is seen as joyful explosions of colour and emotion. Her evolution and exuberant exploration of colour and composition make her still-lifes and landscapes flamboyant and exciting.
Valerie attended the Ottawa School of Art in 2001. In 2005, she graduated from the three-year Comprehensive Arts Program at Montreal’s Saidye Bronfman Centre where she received art scholarships in 2003 and in 2004. Her quick evolution and exploration of colour and compositions resides in her still-lifes and landscapes. Her large formats and flamboyant style have caught the eye of art critics such as Henry Lehmann of the Montréal Gazette (11 September 2004) who described her work as “…interestingly gaudy, exuberantly messy…”, and Brett Anningson of Arabella Magazine (Spring 2015) who says “… Valerie's work is an expression of her constant quest for freedom of expression and the passion to let her subconscious take control …”.
Valerie now resides and paints in Pemberton, British Columbia with her husband and son.