Bisa Butler – portrait artist in quilts

Somebody remind me of this for when portraiture comes around in this module. I’m a child of the flower-power generation, a hippy, a 1960s Brighton art student who somehow ended up in science. Butler’s colours sing from that palette but they’re singing a very modern tune, setting right some cultural wrongs by depicting black men and women with a dignity they were never quite accorded at that time and which our white world still struggles with.

Butler trained as a painter and describes herself as a portrait artist, but uses the medium of fabric and thread to make her art. I’m hard pressed to darn a sock, so this would be pure magic without the quality of the images she makes.

The Equestrian, 2019. Bisa Butler. Clipped from My Modern Met, February 12th 2020.

You can see her work in My Modern Met  (6th Feb 2020) or, if you’re lucky enough to live in the area, at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York from February 29 to April 18, 2020.


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