Painting allows me to explore my fascination with the parallel that I see between deep thought, deep water, and deep space. The rich blackness that exists in all of these places is a constant source of inspiration. The subconscious mind, the ocean floor, outer space; these are places that we cannot readily see. There are unknown aspects of each of these and it is the unknown that I am interested in. Asking questions without definite answers becomes a kind of meditation and a new way for me to see the world. Engaging in deep thought can make you question your own existence. One object or idea can be many at once. A cloud is a mountain, is a body of water, is the blink of a waking eye, is a dream. The places represented in my paintings are the places where thoughts can visually manifest themselves underneath the weight of oceanic waves, floating in deep space.
Bradley Butler was born on a cold December morning in 1983 in Upstate New York. He grew up in a small town 30 minutes east of Rochester and most likely, always knew he was an artist. He has been making and exhibiting his work since 2006 and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Upstate/Western NY, Brooklyn, NY; Georgetown, KY; and Portland, OR.
Butler received an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2010 and his work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine (Open Studios Press). In addition to making art, Butler also holds the position of gallery director and curator at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, New York, a gallery showing contemporary art and fine craft.