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Perryn Butler

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Sculptor Perryn Butler
Perryn Butler

About Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler is a successful leading Welsh Sculptor, based in Haverfordwest, West Wales, United Kingdom. Her work is derived from intense study of early civilisations. Perryn is interested in the connection between man and his spiritual world.
Sculptor Perryn Butler
Cello man revisited

Exhibition History of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s selection of Exhibitions

2012 Parallax Fair, Chelsea, London
Welsh Artist of the Year competition, St David`s Hall, Cardiff
National Botanic Gardens, Wales

2011 Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Group show
National Botanic Gardens, Wales

2010 St Dogmael`s Winter Show
Washington Gallery, Penarth
Kooywood Gallery Cardiff,
Fountain Fine Art
Waunifor annual Show
Art Matters, Tenby
Form Contemporary Gallery, Bleanavon
Old Courthouse Gallery, Amble side

2009 Joined P.C.M various shows in Pembs
Joint show with David Tress at The
Albany, Cardiff
Picton Castle The Artist And The
Art Matters Tenby
Nantycoy, Pembrokeshire Solo Exhibition
Rhosygilwen, Cardigan
Kooywood Cardiff group shows
Fountain Gallery Llandeilo
Waterfront Milford Haven
MOMA Machynlleth, group show Welsh Artists.
Market Street Gallery Haverforwest

2007 Celia Purcell Contemporary, London
Kooywood gallery, Cardiff
Germany Travelling Exhibition with
Sculpture Cymru Centre For European
Culture, Otzenhausen, Germany
Nanty Coy
County Show, Haverfordwest
Annual Group Show, Arts Parks, Guernsey
London, The Alan Baxter Associates,
Barry Town Hall, Vale of Glamorgan

2006 Equus, Margham Park, Swansea
The Future Past, Rhondda Heritage Park
Annual Group Show, Arts Parks, Guernsey
Opening of National Assembly Building
TV Program by BBC Wales
Out of the Frame Sculpture Cymru
Heireith travelling show to Brittany
Origin Dyfed, Carmarthen
San Francisco, U.S.A. Welsh arts and
crafts Show
International Gift Fair, Boston, U.S.A

2005 Crossing Over Ireland /Wales with
Sculpture Cymru
Out Of The Silence, One Man
Show, Museum Gallery, Tenby
National Eeisteddfordd
County Show, Haverfordwest
Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Various

Night Music (Bathstone & lead)

Biography / CV of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler is a successful Leading Welsh Sculptor, based in Haverfordwest, West Wales, United Kingdom. She exhibits in several Galleries in Britain, including, Kooywood Gallery Cardiff, Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, Fountain Fine Art Gallery, Waterfront Gallery Milford Haven. Perryn has been exhibiting throughout Britain for over 25 years, and has works in several reknowned galleries, and has had exhibitions in London England, USA, Germany, Wales, Brittany and The Channel Islands. Her work is internationally collected, in such organisations, as the Irish Environmental Agency, The National Botanic Gardens, Wales, The National Library of Wales and The Centre for European Culture, Otzhausen Germany.

Lady Serenity (Cold cast bronze edition)

Artist Statement of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Statement
My work is derived from intense study of early civilisations. I am interested in the connection between man and his spiritual world. In this secular society, with an ever-decreasing attention span, I am looking for something deeper and more lasting. Feelings have been unfashionable both in art and music for many years, and concept and cerebral notions have been at the forefront in public galleries and evident in current music like death metal. British society has become divorced from feeling and caring, possibly through daily bombarding by the media. We are so used to images of war and starvation that terrible ghastly things have become commonplace. I think soon people will start to wantsomething which expresses the feelings of love, sadness anger and pain that we have numbed ourselves from. I carve with my emotions and love and belonging are profound emotions which are joyous to express. The Welsh word for it is "heireith", which as well as belonging means a yearning for your homeland. Mine is Pembrokeshire in West Wales in the British Isles. It is surrounded by wilderness and beautiful beaches, magical hills full of ancient burial site and stone circles.

There is a notion that artists can only work when they are in the mood. I like to work, in whatever state of mind I happen to be in. I feel things profoundly and so how people feel matters very much to me and it is something that I wish to share. I make story pictures in stone which are meant to portray what it felt like to be in that place at that time. A sort of window on the past that tell the onlooker what is happening. I also use metaphor, like music, which is important to me, because I play the guitar and sing in a band. The interplay between musician and instrument goes far deeper than the music actually played. The instruments evolve into metaphors themselves.

Art forms like music and dance, drama and poetry are fundamentally about communicating feeling at different levels and I want my sculpture to do so as well.You don`t choose to be an artist, it chooses you and the obsession grows ever more complex and profound. It drives you to make works which you feel you have to make, even though they are not commercial or at all suitable for the current market. The Art period that was the most influential for me, was the early part of the twentieth century as I grew up surrounded by Picasso`s and Matisse`s. Gutfreunds and Brancusis stared at me over breakfast, as my stepfather had a large collection of modern art all over the house.

Stone is an extremely ancient material, which has taken millions of years to form and takes a long time to emerge from the sculptor`s hand. When I havecarved it, the work becomes timeless, it could be two thousand years old and yet it also looks like it was made yesterday. I sometimes have a feeling when I am working which I call as "Going into the silence" it is a form of deep contemplation, a place that sometimes takes days to find and is hard to come back from. This feeling of serenity is tangible in my work, which is predominantly about connection with others, present or past.

It is difficult to perceive my work without touching it, because the hands can interpret meaning, better than the eye. In soapstone and some African stones, I almost stroke it into shape and form and my sculpturesare understood better by the hands than just by looking at them.

Carving is as old as mankind and just as relevant to life today as it ever was. The joy is that it is difficult, you can`t stick a piece back on and you are always constricted by the size of the block. This calls for ingenuity and a fluidity of expression that does not exist for me in other materials. I use predominantly lime stones like Bath stone from the West of England, because I like the warm colours and I can work it quickly and carve as the thoughts flow to me, so I don`t lose the skein of an idea. I love the texture and the fossils and faults and bits of shell that make you have to constantly change the design, which stops me getting stale or bored. I occasionally carve harder stone, which is crisper and can hold harder edges and has a finer texture, but sometimes banging away at a piece for months on end does not interest me for the sake of it. I would rather use something softer and cast it.

Some of the pieces have been cast into traditional bronze in limited editions and some have been cast into cold cast bronze to make them more accessible. Thank you for reading this. If you have an opinion about my work I would love you to share it with me. I am on face book.

Awards and Prizes of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Awards
Millennium Prize for sculpture 2000.

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Acquisitions
Two sculptures now in the collection of Kerry Stratton, Sydney, Australia.2012-13
Two major works now in Bankok Thailand in the collectiof of mr K Lim 2013
Perryn`s Reliefs for the Lamphey School Centenary Commission are now installed.
Crymych School Slate sculpture -current

Lamphey School Centenary carving

Pembroke Dock Heritage Project History of the Royal Dockyard carved in Six large stone reliefs cast into bronze.

Large stone carving for Garden, John Green, private collector.

Stackpole Centre - Stone Head

Haverfordwest County Show Ground Two carved oak trees

Pembroke Town trail- The Pembroke Story-two of twelve panels.

Mozaic Fish- C. Skuratovicz, Berlin

Gwndwn, Cardigan "The Game" Land art Slate, earth and wood

S. Behrens North Yorkshire- stone Birdbath

Milford Docks Company - "Metamorphosis" Construction of objects trouve

Mrs Mel Calder Solva - Bronze "return Of the Child"

Robert Hughes of New York, U.S. A. Wall relief "The Circles of Life"

Farnham Rd Hospital, Surrey- Nine squares, wall relief, plaster and wood

Frances Campbell, Pembroke "Little Horse" stone carving

"Coming Home" Stone carving John Green, Private collector

"Ensemble" Stone carving, John Green

Bronze Horse, Celia Purcell, London.

Public Works of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Public works
Crymych School Slate sculpture -2011

Lamphey School Centenary carving - 2010

Pembroke Dock Heritage Project - History of the Royal Dockyard carved in Six large stone reliefs cast into bronze.

Stackpole Centre - Stone Head

Haverfordwest County Show Ground - Two carved oak trees

Pembroke Town trail- The Pembroke Story-two of twelve panels.

Gwndwn, Cardigan - "The Game" Land art Slate, earth and wood

Milford Docks Company - "Metamophosis" Construction of objects trouve

Farnham Rd Hospital, Surrey - Nine squares, wall relief, plaster and wood.

Qualifications / Education of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Education
HNC in Sculpture and Craft Design
Cert Ed 1st stage.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Publications
Pembrokeshire Life

Welsh Country Life.

Teaching Experience

Perryn Butler`s teaching
Stackpole Centre for the disabled, "Sculpture for all"

St Davids Mental Hospital, a series of projects teaching stone carving

Glangwili Hospital, stone carving.

Priory Day Centre, Carmarthen, regular teaching for crown Prosecution Service

Haverfordwest Day Centre, regular teaching for crown Prosecution service

St John`s Day Centre, Pembroke, a stone carving project

Withybush Hospital, E. M. I. unit, Haverfordwest, Valentines Project

Milford Docks Company, Resident sculptor for three years.

Farnham Rd Hospital, Surrey Project with in patients

Brookwood Hospital, Surrey Mixed client project

Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire. Sessions for inmates

Cenefin community Project Fishguard.

Influences / Inspiration of Perryn Butler

Perryn Butler`s Influences
Early 20th century sculptors such as Lipschitz, Brancusi, Henry Moore, etc.
She has studied primitive art for most of her life, and this is reflected in the sculpture.

Price Range of Work

Perryn Butler's work has a price range from £167 to £5,500

Mediums utilised

Perryn Butler's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Perryn Butler's work is found in the following categories on site:
Assemblages Sculptures Made from a Variety of Pieces or Bits collected together (7)
Figurative Abstract Modern or Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuary statuettes figurines (7)
Love / Affection Sculpture (6)
Collage Sculptures (6)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (6)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (5)
Stylized People Sculptures (5)
Interior, Indoors, Inside Sculpture (4)
Primitive or Naive style Sculpture or Statuary (4)
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures (4)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (4)
Animal Abstract Contemporary Modern Stylised Minimalist Sculptures (3)
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary (3)
Abstract Contemporary Modern Outdoor Outside Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (3)
Parent - Child Sculpture (3)
Human Form: Abstract Sculptures (2)
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess (2)
Mixed Media Sculptures, Statues Garden Ornaments (2)
Abstract Modern Contemporary Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary (2)
Mythical Sculptures (2)
Couples or Group Sculptures (2)
Wall Panel Carved Engraved Cast Moulded Sculpture Statue plaque (2)
Stylized Animals Sculptures (2)
Stylised Heads / Busts Sculptures (2)
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures (2)
Females Women Girls Ladies Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (2)
Bas Reliefs or Low Reliefs (2)
Horse Head or Bust or Mask or Portrait sculpture statuettes statue figurines (2)
Musician and Musical Sculptures (2)
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines (2)
Hanging Suspended sculpture Statues tatuette
Wind Musical Instruments Musicians or Players and Composers sculpture statue statuette
Stylised Nude statue sculpture statuette ornament
Objects of desire Sculptures
Organic / Abstract Sculpture
Geometric Sculpture Statues statuary statuettes. Usually Abstract Contemporary Modern work
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues
Men and Women at Work Sculptures Statues
Primitive Naive sculpture statue carving casting
Stringed Instruments Composers and Musicians Realistic and Abstract Sculptures Statues statuettes
Carved Abstract Contemporary Modern sculpture statue carving
Repetitive Form / Shape Abstract Sculptures / Statues
Small bird Sculptures
Carved Wood Sculptures
Family Groups Sculptures
Indoor figurative sculpture
Carved Stone, Marble, Alabaster, Soap Stone Granite Lime stone
Dragons sculpture
Birds Abstract Contemporary Stylised l Minimalist Sculpture / Statues
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Large Public Art sculpture Statues statuary
Corporate Sculptures
Spiritual sculpture
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks
Children Child Babies Infants Toddlers Kids Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines
Mother and Child, the Madonna, mother and children Sculptures
Military, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines Airmen and Military Equipment
Nude or Naked Couples or Lovers
Horses Abstract / Semi Abstract / Stylised / Contemporary / Modern Statues Sculptures statuettes
Horses Small, for Indoors and Inside Display Statues statuettes Sculptures figurines commissions commemoratives
Toys Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine
High Relief or Haute Relief Carving Sculpture Wall Panel casting in Bronze / Copper
Small / Little Abstract Contemporary Sculptures / Statues
Horses Outdoors, Outside, Life Size, Big, Large, Huge Sculptures Statues memorials commissions custom made
Circus / Stage Performer Sculptures or Statues
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission
Boats Ships Canoes Dinghies Sculptures Yachts Statues
Contemplative, Restful, Thougtful Sculptures
Gods or Goddess, or Deity Sculptures
Animals in General Sculptures Statues
Friendship Friends chummyness Amicability Camaraderie Cordility Kindred Spirit

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Perryn Butler's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2013 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2009 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2008 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2006 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful."
Sir Roy Strong
Customer comment on 'Nocturne (Large Owl High Relief Wall Plaque statue)' by Wesley Wofford
Hi Peter, I saw the `Majestic` buck that Wesley did and adored it, but I wanted something original. So we tossed ideas around with Wesley and finally decided on the owl. Wesley was so incredible to work with, providing us ongoing progress updates as he went along. We are absolutely rhrillllled with the result..When we return to our condo, we will have the moulding faux`d so he will stand out even more. I can`t begin to express how incredibly talented we feel Wesley ... [Read more]
Bev., Florida, United States.