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An Evening with David Porteous-Butler

David Porteous-Butler uses palette knife techniques to develop a cityscape work during a demonstration to Cambridge Drawing Society Members and Friends.
When Nov 02, 2016
from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where Wilkinson Room of St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN
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Contact Phone 07703 170 320
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Following on from our recently successful and informative evening with Bruce Pearson, we are pleased to announce that our November evening event will be a talk and demonstration given by David Porteous-Butler. David creates stunning work using a palette knife with Oils and Acrylic, and will share his skills and technique as he develops a cityscape during the evening. There will be a charge of £5 per person paybale on the evening.


David Porteous-Butler’s work reveals an honest and direct affinity with his subject that is driven by his love of the natural world. He studied in London under the late Sir Kyffin Williams RA and Anthony Green RA before being offered a place at the Royal College of Art. He has remained close to Sir Kyffin’s fundamental belief that drawing and draughtsmanship are a vital part of the artist’s craft.
Born in North London in 1945 his childhood was spent in and around Highgate and then settling in Suffolk in 1978, he knew from a very early age that his purpose in life was to be an artist. Despite being offered a place at the Royal College of Art he was unable to take up his place for personal reasons.  Thus he spent some time working in the fashion business as a very successful designer. This period heightened his awareness of shape and form before he returned to his true vocation as a painter and sculptor.

English countryside (especially Suffolk) is a true love, although he has also worked extensively in Southern Europe including time in France and Italy. Working with a limited palette, he is always faithful to the truth in what he sees. His portraits reveal the same integrity, and his sculptures, whether in bronze, stone or marble, are faithful to his belief in a natural and simple beauty in all things. They assume the life and presence of the subject matter, both in their execution and in how they relate to their surroundings.

David’s work is in collections in the UK, France, Italy and the USA. He regularly exhibits in and around the county.

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