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Biography: Jim Butler

Jim Butler
Jim Butler

Jim Butler has always looked at the world with a sense of wonder, and has found his voice as an artist as a result. Both a painter and a glassblower, Butler produces sculptural work that combines hi-fire decals with blown glass forms to create complex reflections on culture, politics, and the future. He considers his process to be “labor intensive, tightly edited, and worked with deliberate carelessness.”

For his residency in April and May 2018, Butler will begin a project entitled “Economies of Confusion.” “It is a project that pushes the boundaries of how glass is used in a contemporary context,” he says, “and an excellent fit for the Museum’s goals of expanding conceptual and technical applications of the material.”

Butler has been using hi-fire decals in his work for 10 years, and enjoys the convergence of painting and glassblowing, seeing each unique skill as a flipside to the same coin. Recognizing that his paintings possess the power of imagery and symbolism, Butler has worked to bring that same potential to hot glass. He has received a Rockefeller grant and a Mellon Foundation grant to continue his work combining these two art forms.