FOLK ART COLLECTION BY

BUTCH ANTHONY

ULAH is proud to be an official gallery for Alabama folk artist Butch Anthony
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On one of our buying trips in Chicago, we stepped into a Billy Reid store to say hello to the guys there. I approached a stair case and was stopped in my tracks by one of Butch's pieces. It was as if someone was speaking a language I understood but hadn't actually spoken out loud. The juxtapositions were made of my favorite things: the humor with the macabre, the rustic with the modern, the artifacts with the graphic line art. I instantly visualized Butch's work in our store. It was love at first site, and here we are. I hope you enjoy this Alabama folk artist's work as much as I do. Maybe you'll even buy a piece or two. - Buck Wimberly, ULAH Co-Owner
Butch Anthony - SHON-KA-KI-HE-GA - Oil on Canvas with Embroidery Butch Anthony - Rerston - Oil on Canvas Butch Anthony - Googly Eyes - Framed Butch Anthony - Industrial Revolution - Framed Butch Anthony - Late Payment Fee - Framed

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BUTCH ANTHONY ART

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BUTCH ANTHONY

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work strongly reflects the influences of my upbringing in the deep rural South. It illustrates an abiding interest that I’ve had since childhood in the processes of nature and the inner-connectiveness of the many aspects of the natural environment. My university training was in biology. I have always been fascinated and deeply moved by the wonders of nature, and ever since the youngest years of my life I have spent countless hours and days studying my natural surroundings. Through that, I developed a uniquely personal way of categorizing and illustrating the processes and components of life -- "Intertwangleism."

Inter = to mix

twangle = a distinctive way of speaking, thinking, behaving, assessing

ism = a theory

To clarify the underlying elements of Intertwangleism, I break the physical forms of nature into the following parts: bones, veins, muscles, skin, clothes or covering, shadow, spirit, and movement. The following is a quote from a statement that was written a few years ago for my solo exhibition at the Black Rat Project in London, England.

“Butch Anthony is an artist not easily defined. He collects bizarre objects and transforms them into strangely beautiful art.”

At first, as a youngster, I started drawing pictures of local characters who lived around my home town of Seale, Alabama. I drew portraits of them on cardboard or on other readilyavailable materials. Then, as time went by and more and more people became interestedin my work, I began to make increasingly elaborate pieces, incorporating various elementsand materials - most of which were bits and pieces that others had simplydiscarded as trash.

Soon I was being visited by scores of other artists,museum curators, and art collectors who came from all around the Southand beyond. Many of them simply wanted to meet me while others wanted to purchase my work. I began to fully develop my own personal style and eventually that evolved into Intertwangelism. - Butch Anthony

CHASING BUTTERFLIES with Butch Anthony