The Open Eye Gallery is delighted to be mounting an exhibition of Vincent Butler's sculptures at the Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh. A celebrated sculptor, working primarily in bronze, Butler is remembered as a champion of figuration and composition in sculpture. A group of his sculptures are currently on show in the Pompadour Suite of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Vincent Frederick Butler, born in Manchester, studied sculpture at the Manchester School of Art, the Edinburgh College of Art and at the Academy of Fine Art in Milan, during the 1950s. After almost a decade living in Italy and later in Nigeria, he opened his studio in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, where he would work for the rest of his life. Until 1989 he was a tutor at the Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in life modelling and bronze casting. He was elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1977 and, a few years later, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.
Over the five decades of his career Butler inspired a generation of sculptors working in bronze. A gifted draughtsman, his impressionist studies of the human figure, many lifesize, are imbued with a quiet beauty. Butler was also a skilled portraitist and a number of his works are in held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, including busts of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Liz Lochhead, Benno Schotz, Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray and Helen Cruickshank.
Butler lived and worked in Edinburgh with his wife, Camilla, but spent extensive periods on the island of Panarea, off the coast of Sicily, where he bought a house in 1958.
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