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Artist Name

Lewis Buttery

Hometown: Leicester

Based in: Leicestershire

Lewis Buttery’s works are mostly about mental health and social class. His style, as a result, is like a mix of expressionism and street art.

Lewis was born in Leicester, UK and was introduced to the art world by local charity Soft Touch Arts in 2013 - after dropping out of his A Levels during his worst period with his mental health. He immediately started practicing as a self-taught artist, taking part in a group residency and exhibitions that year. The following year he started delivering workshops on behalf of the charity: which he continued doing until 2018 within arts organisations, schools, youth clubs, council estates, and prisons.

During that period Lewis was in the local paper and on the local BBC Radio station more than once. He was involved with numerous big projects, like curating Leicester's leg of the touring Generation Art exhibition and being a speaker on the corresponding panel talk.

In 2016 Lewis decided that he wanted to improve his skills - so he chose to do a Foundation in Art & Design alongside his professional practice, part time at De Montfort University. Upon completion, in 2018, he then began a full-time BA in Fine Art at UAL: Central Saint Martins. While there he was awarded the annual BWW residency with Liquitex, and also took part in the Tate Exchange programme at Tate Modern. He ended up graduating during a COVID lockdown in 2021.

Since then Lewis has been living and working back home in Leicestershire. He’s gotten involved with the Working Class Creatives Database - exhibiting in group shows with them and having spoken at the WCBAN x WCCD: Know Your Working Class Artists event, hosted online by the Southbank Centre.

 



More About Lewis Buttery

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Catharsis

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

Generally I get stuck in with no specific plan, but cumulatively build up contrasts - I might contrast complimentary colours, then dark vs light, then smooth vs textured, then thin vs heavy body, drippy vs not, until I have something that feels done

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Emotive, bold, and dramatic


Credentials

Education

BA Fine Art, University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins

United Kingdom, 2021

Foundation Art & Design, De Montfort University

United Kingdom, 2018

Exhibitions

'20 x 20 VISION', group show, Citizens Art London

United Kingdom, 2023

'Blunderbuss', group show, Two Queens, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2022

'GR22', residency, Two Queens, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2022

‘This is not a show’, Pineapple Black, Online

United Kingdom, 2021

‘Story of Soft Touch in 35 artworks’, group show, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2021

‘Looks like its gunna rain’, group show, Motion Sickness Project Space, Cambridge

United Kingdom, 2021

‘Virtual Summer Exhibition Part I’, The Flux Review, Online

United Kingdom, 2021

‘Tate Exchange (SALE)’, group show, Tate Modern, London

United Kingdom, 2020

‘Stay Connected’, group show, Online

United Kingdom, 2020

‘Big Walls & Windows’, residency, Liquitex, London

United Kingdom, 2020

‘Endless Houseshare’, group show, Safehouse 1 & 2, London

United Kingdom, 2019

‘Positive Affirmations’, Cordwainers Court Window Galleries, London

United Kingdom, 2019

‘Line Drawings’, Cordwainers Court Window Galleries, London

United Kingdom, 2019

‘The Image Is The Servant V (Body Beautiful)’, group show, De Monfort University The Venue, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2018

Group show, The Blue Boar, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2018

‘The Fruits of Our Labour’, group show, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2018

‘L.O.V.E. Art’, group show, New Walk Museum, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2017

‘WINGS’, residency, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2017

‘Open 27’, New Walk Museum, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2016

‘Summer Art Trail’, group show, StudionAme, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2016

‘86:16’, group show, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2016

‘Summer Open’, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2016

‘The Image is the Servant II (Fearful)’, group show, Hansom Hall, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2015

‘Somewhereto_FRAMED’, group show, Silver Arcade, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2015

‘Bleeding HeART’, group residency, Queen of Bradgate Upstairs, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2015

Group show, The Orange Tree, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2014

‘Open Exhibition’, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2014

‘Open 25’, Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2014

‘LuvLeicester / The Unusual’, group show, Highcross, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2014

Group residency, University of Leicester Botanic Garden

United Kingdom, 2013

‘Unrestricted’, group show, Highcross, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2013

Group show, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

United Kingdom, 2013