Renowned local artist Jason Butler will open his first solo exhibition in two years in October 2018 in Jersey. The exhibition titled ‘Where Our Shadows Were’ has been sponsored by UBS Wealth Management, Jersey, and will open to the public from 3rd to 27th October.
This will be Jason Butler’s first solo exhibition since his highly acclaimed ‘Seekers’ show in 2016. The new body of work is comprised of a selection of small to large scale paintings. Jason’s fascination with the language of figurative painting, combined with his long-standing interest in abstraction, is at the centre of this series of work.
The exhibition will be held in his own Studio Gallery at 10 Commercial Buildings where the public will also be able to see Jason’s inspirational working environment. Large scale paintings will be hung in the main room, medium sized work will be displayed in the ‘Old Blue Room’ and the ‘Side Gallery’ will showcase smaller works.
Managing Director of jsvcPROJECTS, London, Jill Silverman Van Coenegrachts, writes in the exhibition catalogue: ‘…you ask yourself is he a figurative painter masking his desire to settle himself with his subjects or is he an abstract painter who is being torn away from his pleasure by characters that haunt him. Both things are true. These works are strident and without hesitation create an agitated surface tension that is nothing short of masterful.’
Jason Butler says: ‘I have been working consistently on this new body of work since my last exhibition ‘Seekers’ in 2016. The work has become increasingly concerned with the surface quality of the paintings and certain changes have taken place through the process of making them over this period of time. I am delighted to be opening the doors of my studio once again where the space has been converted to a functioning gallery. I am very much looking forward to meeting and talking to visitors to the exhibition.’
Michael Clarke, Head of Private Clients, UBS AG, Jersey, says: ‘We are proud to be sponsoring this exceptional exhibition by Jason Butler. UBS maintains one of the largest contemporary art collections in the world and we have a deep affinity and history with the world of art. We are pleased to be able to assist Jason in bringing his latest pieces to public view and we are highly impressed and inspired by his new collection.’