David Porteous-Butler

David’s work reveals an honest and direct affinity with his subject that is driven by his love of the natural world. He has a passion for the vitality of the landscape and changing light around him. 

David 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 is truly a protégé of, and remained close to Sir Kyffin Williams RA throughout his latter years, sharing his fundamental belief that drawing and draughtsmanship are a vital part of the artist’s craft. He has painted and exhibited constantly for decades in his ongoing quest to capture the perfect scene.

'Eucalyptus Grove II' by David Porteous-Butler
'Eucalyptus Grove II' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Australian Outback Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Walk in the Forest' by David Porteous-Butler
'Walk in the Forest' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas British Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Milford Sound' by David Porteous-Butler
'Milford Sound' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas New Zealand Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Eucalyptus Grove II' by David Porteous-Butler
'Eucalyptus Grove II' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Australian Outback Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

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Landscapes

Suffolk provides much inspiration and the English countryside is a true love, although he has also worked in Southern Europe including prolonged periods in France and Italy. A recent trip to New Zealand inspired David to produce a series of magnificent paintings capturing the dramatic geological forms. 

Working with a limited palette, he is faithful to the truth in what he sees. 

Like his mentor, David has a passion for the vitality of the landscape and changing light around him.

'Reclining Nude' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
'Reclining Nude' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Sian at Hampstead' by David Porteous-Butler
'Sian at Hampstead' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Girl on Glass Balcony' by David Porteous-Butler
'Girl on Glass Balcony' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Reclining Nude' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
'Reclining Nude' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

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The Female Form

Before devoting his life to being a full time visual artist, David worked in the fashion business as a very successful designer. This period heightened his awareness of shape and form of the female figure and the peculiarities of flesh and fabric, which he was happily able to apply when he returned to his true vocation as a painter.

'Norwegian Fjord' by David-Porteous Butler at White City Gallery London
'Norwegian Fjord' by David-Porteous Butler at White City Gallery London

Original oil painting on canvas 40x60cm Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Fisherman, St. Angelo, Ischia' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
'Fisherman, St. Angelo, Ischia' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

Original Oil Painting on Canvas Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler SOLD

'Wave' by David Porteous-Butler.jpg
'Wave' by David Porteous-Butler.jpg

Original Oil Painting on Canvas Seascape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Norwegian Fjord' by David-Porteous Butler at White City Gallery London
'Norwegian Fjord' by David-Porteous Butler at White City Gallery London

Original oil painting on canvas 40x60cm Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

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Seascapes & Coastal Scenes

Displaying the skills required to portray realistic and believable movement, particularly the diverse textures of water, whether turbulent waves or a silky smooth river reveal David as a true master of his craft. Here you can see him take on the challenges of sea, lake, river and fjord. 

'Boy with Pigeons' by David Porteous-Butler
'Boy with Pigeons' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

'I Torinesi' by David Porteous-Butler
'I Torinesi' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Beach Scene' by David Porteous-Butler
'Beach Scene' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Boy with Pigeons' by David Porteous-Butler
'Boy with Pigeons' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Figurative painting by David Porteous-Butler

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Pure Figurative Work

David has a keen observational eye and is able to capture fleeting moments of everyday life, human and animal interraction within the context of real environments and situations. The behaviours he portrays are universal and familar and therefore evoke memories of our own experiences. 

'Roof Garden, Firenze' by David Porteous-Butler
'Roof Garden, Firenze' by David Porteous-Butler

100x80cm Original oil painting on canvas Italian Townscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Harbour, Stintino' by David Porteous-Butler
'Harbour, Stintino' by David Porteous-Butler

80x60cm Original oil painting on canvas Italian Seascape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Harbour II' by David Porteous-Butler
'Harbour II' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas Italian Coastal Landscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Roof Garden, Firenze' by David Porteous-Butler
'Roof Garden, Firenze' by David Porteous-Butler

100x80cm Original oil painting on canvas Italian Townscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

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Italian Scenes

Although David has travelled extensively around the world, one place place draws him back time and again as a source of inspiration for his painting...

David's passion for capturing the play of light is given full expression in these vibrant and warm compositions.

'Villiers Street, London' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
'Villiers Street, London' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

Original Oil Painting on Canvas London Townscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Victoria Embankment, London' David Porteous-Bulter at White City Gallery London
'Victoria Embankment, London' David Porteous-Bulter at White City Gallery London

Original Oil Painting on Canvas London Townscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

'Old Leigh' by David Porteous-Butler
'Old Leigh' by David Porteous-Butler

Original oil painting on canvas British Townscape painting by David Porteous-Butler #pub #rural #village

'Villiers Street, London' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
'Villiers Street, London' David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

Original Oil Painting on Canvas London Townscape painting by David Porteous-Butler

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Town & Cityscapes

Having settled in Suffolk in 1978, David has spent many years surrounded by rural life and the ever changing light of the seasons. However, he is no stranger to the city scene - David was born in North London in 1945 and his childhood was spent in and around Highgate. David manages to captures the unique atmosphere of the places he visits.

'River Pageant II' by David Porteous-Butler
'River Pageant II' by David Porteous-Butler

Original Oil painting on canvas 59x47" / 150x120cm June 2012 Click on the link to see David painting the Diamond Jubilee river pageant live on the River Thames!

'River Pageant III' by David Porteous-Butler
'River Pageant III' by David Porteous-Butler

Original Oil painting on canvas 59x47" / 150x120cm June 2012 Click on the link to see David painting the Diamond Jubilee river pageant live on the River Thames!

'River Pageant II' by David Porteous-Butler F.jpg
'River Pageant II' by David Porteous-Butler F.jpg

Original Oil painting on canvas 59x47" / 150x120cm June 2012 This specific regatta painting was created to raise money for the 'Save The Children' fund - a charity close to David's heart. The magnificent artwork was auctioned at a prestigious fund-raising event in Lincoln's Inn, London and raised over £20,000 for the cause. Click on the link to see David painting the Diamond Jubilee river pageant live on the River Thames!

'River Pageant II' by David Porteous-Butler
'River Pageant II' by David Porteous-Butler

Original Oil painting on canvas 59x47" / 150x120cm June 2012 Click on the link to see David painting the Diamond Jubilee river pageant live on the River Thames!

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David Porteous-Butler Jan 2014
David Porteous-Butler Jan 2014

David Porteous-Butler New Work Exhibition Aug 2014

David Porteous-Butler Exhibition August 2014
David Porteous-Butler Exhibition August 2014

David Porteous-Butler Paintings Exhibition Aug 2014

Exhibition Aug 2014
Exhibition Aug 2014

David Porteous-Butler Exhibition Aug 2014

David Porteous-Butler Jan 2014
David Porteous-Butler Jan 2014

David Porteous-Butler New Work Exhibition Aug 2014

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David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery
David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery

David Porteous-Butler in the studio
David Porteous-Butler in the studio

David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London
David Porteous-Butler at White City Gallery London

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New self portrait painting by David Porteous-Butler
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

David was one of 20 artists selected to paint the Diamond Jubilee river pageant to celebrate the sixty year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Filmed by the BBC, the unique art event was viewed by millions as the valiant artists attempted to capture the historic moment - whilst being lashed by rain and wind.

Painting 'live' from the Millennium Bridge was a once in a lifetime opportunity but the weather didn't lend itself to the best immediate results. Fortunately, David took plenty of photogtaphs and was able to complete a series of magnificent paintings back in his studio. Click the image to read more...

Selected Exhibitions / Artist Timeline

SOLO SHOWS

2016 February, Clarendon Fine Art, Cobham

2015 May, Clarendon Fine Art, Queen Mary II

2014 October, Buckenham Galleries, Southwold

2014 June, Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2014 January, David Porteous-Butler, Clarendon Fine Art, London

2005, June, John Stevens Fine Art, Hadleigh

2004 July, Quayside Gallery, Woodbridge

GROUP SHOWS

2018 May, A Tribute to Kyffin, Albany Gallery, Cardiff 

2017 January, Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2017 January, Places I Know, Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol

2016 December, Winter Exhibition, Mandell's Gallery, Norwich

2016 July, Summer Exhibition, Highgate Contemporary Art, London

2016 May, Spring Collection, Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol

2016 April, Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2015 December, Christmas Exhibition, Mandell's Gallery, Norwich

2015 July, Summer Show, Mandell's Gallery, Norwich

2015 January, Living For The City, Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol

2014 August, Summer Exhibition, Clarendon Fine Art, London

2013 September, Gallery Steiner, Vienna

2013 June, Mixed Show, Clarendon Fine Art, London

2013 January, Rural Wales, Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2010 November, Kyffin Williams Pupil Artwork, Cholmeleian Society Highgate School

2007 April, The Great Art Fair, The Show Piers, New York

2006 November, The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, London

2006 February, John Stevens Fine Art, Hadleigh

2005 October, John Stevens Fine Art, Hadleigh

2005 September, Ainscough Gallery, London

2005 May, Art Mondiale, Avignon

2004 November, John Stevens Fine Art, Hadleigh

2004 October, Buckenham Galleries, Southwold

2004 July, John Stevens Fine Art, Hadleigh

2003 June, John Stevens Fine Art, Hadleigh - 1st professional exhibition

1978 Moved to Suffolk

1970's Worked Phillip Ardizzone & Tim Holding at Colchester Art School

1964 Hornsey Art School, London

1958-1963 Studied with Kyffin Williams RA & Anthony Green RA at Highate School, London

1945 Born in Marylebone, London

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