Sharon Butler | Paintings

On view October 12 – October 25 , 2015

art reception on Saturday October 17th, 6-8:30 pm

EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT


Sharon Butler studio

A painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler is widely known as the publisher of the influential art blog Two Coats of Paint, which has been sponsored by numerous arts organizations, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, New York Studio School, the School of Visual Arts, Creative Capital, and the Warhol Foundation.

Her work is shown regularly throughout the country, with exhibitions at such venues as NADA New York, Theodore:Art, Storefront Ten Eyck, Pocket Utopia, (all in New York City), Union College (Schenectady, NY), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), SEASON (Seattle, WA), George Lawson (San Francisco, CA), and Matteawan (Beacon, NY).

Butler is New-York based, and maintains a studio in DUMBO overlooking the Manhattan Bridge.


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Gallery Sheet and Pricing PDF

Visit Sharon’s Blog:

Two Coats of Paint


CV / Resume

Lives and works in New York, NY

 Solo (and Semi-solo) Exhibitions

“Sharon Butler: Visual Assets,” EBK, Hartford, CT. 2015.

“Sharon Butler: New Social Situations,” Matteawan, Beacon, NY. 2015.

“Sharon Butler and Elisabeth Kley: More is More Unless it’s Not,” SEASON @ NADA New York, 2014.

“Blueprint: Sharon Butler, Peter Dudek, and Vicki Palermo,” Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2014. Curated by Brece Honeycutt.

“Sharon Butler: Dense Surveillance,” Fine Art Gallery at SUNY Westchester, Valhalla, NY, 2013. Organized by Matt Ferranto.

“Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual,” Pocket Utopia, New York, NY, 2013.

“Sharon L. Butler: Gone Wrong,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2012.

“Sharon L. Butler and Alison Manch,” SEASON, Seattle, WA, 2012.

“Sharon Butler: New Paintings,” John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2009.

“Sharon Butler: Fontainebleau,” Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI, 2001.


Selected Group Exhibitions

“Slow Enhancers: Sharon Butler, Calvin Ross Carl, Dawn Cerny, Seth David Friedman, Nicola Ginzel, Cable Griffith, Mary Henry, Juliet Jacobson, Christopher Moss, Anthony Palocci Jr. and Marius Wilms,” Platform, Seattle, WA. 2015. Curated by Robert Yoder.

“VERNACULAR: Eric Brown, Sharon Butler, Joyce Robins and Andrew Seto,” Theodore:Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. 2015.

“Paintings From Paris,” Makebish, New York, NY. 2014.
“Abstraction and Its Discontents,” Storefront Ten Eyck, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. 2014.

“Exchange Rates: Sharon Butler, Joyce Robins, Andrew Seto,” Theodore:Art, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. 2014.

“Never Mind the Bollocks,” Life on Mars, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. 2014.

“Brooklyn Bridge: Andrea Belag, Katherine Bradford, Farrell Brickhouse, Sharon Butler, Clare Grill, Clinton King, Chris Martin, Saira McLaren, Paul DeMuro, Mike Olin, Paul Pagk, Jason Stopa, Julie Torres and Wendy White,” George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2014. Curated by Justine Frischmann.

“Redacted: Connecting the Dots in a Shifting Field,” Artists include Josh Blackwell, Sharon Butler, Jonathan Callan, Eric Dever, Stacy Fisher, Brian Gaman, Jim Lee, Lauren Luloff, Stefana McClure, Linda Miller, Bonnie Rychlak, Mathias Schmeid, Tim Spelios, Ryan Steadman, Ryan Wallace, Ross Watts and Letha Wilson. Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, 2014. Curated by Janet Goleas.

“Smart Painting: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg,” Artspace, New Haven, CT, 2014. Curated by John O’Donnell.

“Residue: Sharon Butler, Michael Callaghan,Steven Charles, J.D. Hastings and Toni Tiller” Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD, 2014. Curated by Brian Dupont.

“Clouds,” Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 2013. Curated by Adam Simon.

“Skin: Josh Blackwell, Martin Bromirski, Sharon Butler, Suejin Jo, Scott Richter, and Drew Shiflett,” The Painting Center, New York, NY, 2013.

“Water, Water: Sharon Butler, Matt Enger, Elisa Bates, Ronnie Landfield, Edie Nadelhaft, Samantha Keely Smith, Bruce Stiglich, and Austin Thomas,” Kianga Ellis Projects, New York, NY, 2013.

“Out of Step: Sharon Butler, Mark Dagley, Enrico Gomez, Tom McGlynn, Gary Petersen, Kati Vilim, and Sara Wolfe,” Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, 2013. Curated by Brendan Carroll.

“What I like about you,” Parallel Art Space, Queens, NY, 2013. Organized by Julie Torres.

“Emergence,” Hotel de Sauroy, Paris, France, 2013. Curated by Erin Lawlor, Yifat Gat & Katrin Bremermann.

“Club Pocket Utopia,” Pocket Utopia, New York, NY, 2013.

“Necessary Strangers: Five Abstract Painters,” Adventureland, Chicago, IL, 2013.

“Heroes,” Small Black Door, Queens, NY, 2013. Curated by Julie Torres.

“Beyond the Bedroom,” Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY, 2012.

“What I Know,” NYCAMS,” Bethel University, New York, NY. 2012 . Curated by Jason Andrew.

“Textility,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, 2012. Curated by Joanne Mattera and Mary Birmingham.

“My Collection,” ‘temporary Museum, Brooklyn, NY. 2011. Curated by Cathy Nan Quinlan.

Aqua Miami, Season (Seattle), Miami, FL, December 2011. Curated by Robert Yoder.

“On Display: New Abstraction by Sharon Butler, Cathy Nan Quinlan, Joy Curtis,” STOREFRONT, Brooklyn , NY, 2010. Curated by Hrag Vartanian.

“BlogPix,”Bibro/Platform Project Space, New York, NY, 2009. Curated by Joanne Mattera, Olympia Lambert and others.

“Lost & Found – Fragments Assembling Realities,” Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Gallery, Hartford, CT, 2009. Organized by John O’Donnell.

“Business Edition,” Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NY, 2009. Curated by Austin Thomas.

“Status Update,”Haskins Laboratories at Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2009. Curated by Debbie Hesse.

“Habitats For Artists,” Spire Studios, Beacon, NY, 2008. Curated by Simon Draper and Amy Lipton.

“The Blogger Show,” Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, and Agni Gallery, New York, NY, 2007. Curated by John Morris.

“Cultural Identity,” National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2007. Curated by Brad Guarino.

“Millennium: New Gifts and Acquisitions,” William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT, 2001. Curated by Sal Scalora.

“All Systems Go,” Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY, 2006. Curated by Summer Guthrie.

“Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn,” Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles at The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1997. Curated by Joe Amrhein.


Crowdsource & Collaborative Projects

“Improvised Showboat: Command-Z,” Two Coats HQ at 55 Washington Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Co-curator with Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton.

“Signs on the Road,” Curatorial Research Lab at Edward Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, 2011. Organized by Workroom G. Curated by Gogue Projects, Cathouse FUNeral Camel Collective.

“Privacy is dead because me and James Gilbert said so,” The Social Graph, Outpost, Brooklyn, NY, 2010. Curated by Hrag Vartanian, created by James Gilbert.

“Sorry I Couldn’t Be There,” #rank, Seven Art Fair, Miami, FL, 2010. Organized by Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida, created by @ Platea.

The Ivory Tower, #class, organized by William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton, Edward Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, 2010.


Special Projects

Two Coats of Paint, founder, editor, writer. An art blog about painting and art criticism, Two Coats is sponsored by numerous arts organizations, including The Brooklyn Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, New York Studio School, and the School of Visual Arts.

Contributing Writer/Blogger for The Brooklyn Rail, Art21, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post.

Two Coats of Paint TV, founder and editor for an online video channel for videos made by and about painters.

117 Grattan Street, artist’s book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. 2012.

Sketchbook 1 (2007) and Sketchbook 2 (2008-10), a two-volume artist’s book published in conjunction with an exhibition at TowerBrook Art Project, 2011.

Habitat, an artist’s book with text and images, published in conjunction with an exhibition at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2010.

The Tower Paintings: Keeping Our Distance, an artist’s book with text and images, published by Two Coats of Paint, 2009.

Geoform, inclusion of artwork in online curatorial project, founded and curated by Julie Karabenick. Minneapolis, MN, 2009 (ongoing project).


Awards / Fellowships /Residencies

Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY: Artist Residency, 2015.

Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program: Studio space in DUMBO, 2015-2018.

Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Grant / Blog category: Two Coats of Paint, 2013-14.

Counterproof Press, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT: Artist in Residence, 2014.

Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock, MA: Artist in Residence, 2013.

Mindshare Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Blogs for Two Coats of Paint, 2010.

Art21 (PBS affiliate), New York, NY: Blogger-in-Residence, 2009.

Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, New York: Artist Residency, 2009.

Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism: Artist Fellowship, 2008.

Habitat for Artists, Beacon, NY: Artist Residency, 2008.

Connecticut State University: Research Grant, 2006.

Red Cinder Creativity Center, Na’alehu, Hawai’i: Artist Residency, 2004.

Connecticut State University: Research Grant, 2002.

Blue Mountain Center Artists and Writers Colony: Fellowship, 1997.

University of Connecticut: Graduate Fellowship, 1990-91.

Vermont Studio Center: Work Study Grant, 1988.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation: Grant Recipient, 1989-90.


Interviews / Anthologies / Reviews / Mentions

Paul Laster, “Weekend Edition: 11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 2,” NY Observer Arts & Culture. Web. May 28, 2015.

Loren Munk, “Paintings on View: Bushwick November 2014, ” The James Kalm Report. Web. November 4, 2014.
Julia Schwartz, “A Conversation with Sharon Butler,” Figure/Ground. Web. September 19, 2014.
Hrag Vartanian, “NADA New York Does It Better Than Ever,” Hyperallergic. Web. May 10, 2014 (image included).
Karen Lipson, “Shredded, Sliced, and Covered up,” New York Times. May 2, 2014.
Michael O’Sullivan, “Residue: The Work of Sharon Butler, Michael Callaghan, Steven Charles, J.D. Hastings and Toni Tiller,” The Washington Post, January 16, 2014.
William Eckhardt Kohler  “In Between: Various Artists at Various Galleries on the Lower East Side,” The Huffington Post. Web. January 2, 2014.
Elizabeth Johnson, “Sharon Butler’s New Casualist paintings at The Painting Center in New York,” The Art Blog. Web. December 26, 2013.
Loren Munk, “Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual,” The James Kalm Report, January 28, 2013.
Yifat Gat, “Conversation with Sharon Butler,” Look & Listen, Paris, France. Web. April 3, 2013.
Thomas Micchelli, “When Paintings Come Apart: Sharon Butler on the Inside Out,” Hyperallergic. Web. January 12, 2013
James Panero, “Gallery Chronicle,” The New Criterion, February 2013.
Paul D’Agostino, “Art Picks from Print,” The L Magazine, January 31, 2013
Elisabeth Condon,”Sharon Butler and ‘Precisionist Casual’ at Pocket Utopia,” Raggedy Ann’s Foot, New York, NY. Web. February 25, 2013.
Whitney Kimball, “This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Extreme Hangover Edition,” The L Magazine, December 31, 2012
Paul Behnke, “Studio Visit with Sharon Butler,Structure and Imagery, New York, NY. Web. June 22, 2012.
Erin Lagner, “Comingled Encounters: Artist Relationships at SEASON,” New American Painting, Boston, MA. Web, May 30, 2012.
Henry Samelson, “Sharon Butler,” Buddy of Work. Web. May25, 2012.
Sharon Butler, April 2011.” Studio visit documentary video with  Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting. Gorky’s Granddaughter. New Haven. Web. May 1, 2011.
Carolina Miranda, “Calendar Picks,” C-Monster, Los Angeles, CA. Web. April 2, 2012. Eva Lake, “Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought): Sharon Butler and Alison Manch,” catalogue essay for an exhibition at SEASON, Seattle, WA, May 2012.

“Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought): Sharon Butler and Alison Manch,” Critic’s Pick, The Stranger, Seattle, WA, May 2012.
Amanda Manitach, “ Weightless: Sharon Butler and Allison Manch at SEASON,” CityArts, Seattle, WA, April 11, 2012.
Sharon Butler.” Interview with Valerie Brennan. Studio Critical. Madrid. Web. April 23, 2011.
FineArtViews Interview: Sharon Butler, Artist, Writer, Founder of Two Coats of Paint.” Interview with Brian Sherwin, FineArtViews. Web. April 16, 2011.
Sharon Butler: Standard Interview,” (standard)INTERVIEW. London. Web. January 3, 2011.






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