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Lewis Buttery

Lewis Buttery

Hometown: Leicester

Based in: Leicester

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.


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the greatest

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never had money in the bank by Lewis Buttery

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i'm not giving up by Lewis Buttery

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they couldn't beat me at my worst by Lewis Buttery

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we hold no respect by Lewis Buttery

Lewis Buttery, United Kingdom

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More About Lewis Buttery

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What inspires you?

Catharsis

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Describe 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

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What 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

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2020

‘Stay Connected’, group show, Online

2020

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

2020

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

2019

‘Positive Affirmations’, Cordwainers Court Window Galleries, London

2019

‘Line Drawings’, Cordwainers Court Window Galleries, London

2019

Group show, The Blue Boar, Leicester

2018

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

2018

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

2018

‘WINGS’, residency, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

2017

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

2017

‘Summer Open’, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

2016

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

2016

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

2016

‘Open 27’, New Walk Museum, Leicester

2016

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

2015

‘Somewhereto_FRAMED’, group show, Silver Arcade, Leicester

2015

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

2015

Group show, The Orange Tree, Leicester

2014

‘Open Exhibition’, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

2014

‘Open 25’, Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester

2014

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

2014

Group residency, University of Leicester Botanic Garden

2013

Group show, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

2013

‘Unrestricted’, group show, Highcross, Leicester

2013

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

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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

2020

‘Stay Connected’, group show, Online

2020

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

2020

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

2019

‘Positive Affirmations’, Cordwainers Court Window Galleries, London

2019

‘Line Drawings’, Cordwainers Court Window Galleries, London

2019

Group show, The Blue Boar, Leicester

2018

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

2018

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

2018

‘WINGS’, residency, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

2017

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

2017

‘Summer Open’, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

2016

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

2016

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

2016

‘Open 27’, New Walk Museum, Leicester

2016

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

2015

‘Somewhereto_FRAMED’, group show, Silver Arcade, Leicester

2015

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

2015

Group show, The Orange Tree, Leicester

2014

‘Open Exhibition’, Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

2014

‘Open 25’, Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester

2014

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

2014

Group residency, University of Leicester Botanic Garden

2013

Group show, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

2013

‘Unrestricted’, group show, Highcross, Leicester

2013

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