Benjamin Butler (artist)
Benjamin Butler (born April 20, 1975) is an American artist, based in Vienna, Austria.
Born in Westmoreland, Kansas and raised in Wamego, Kansas, Butler studied painting at Emporia State University before attending graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in 2000. He subsequently moved to New York City, having his first solo show of paintings at Team Gallery in 2002. He soon earned critical accolades  for his paintings of mountains and trees, and followed with international exhibitions in New York City, Toronto, Tokyo, Vienna, London, Berlin, Austin, Basel, and Los Angeles. In 2005, his work was included in MoMA PS1's survey exhibition, Greater New York. He is currently represented by Tomio Koyama in Tokyo, Martin Janda in Vienna, and Klaus von Nichtssagend in New York.
Ken Johnson described his work in the New York Times in 2005: "Mr. Butler is toying like a Pop artist with conventions of early 20th-century abstraction. Mondrian's systematic abstraction of trees comes most immediately to mind. Mr. Butler may be thinking about the decline of the once revolutionary Modernist style into kitsch, and in that respect he is updating artists like Peter Halley and Sherrie Levine. But like those artists, he also revels in painting as an end in itself; so he and we get to have it both ways: we can be both knowing intellectuals and paint-loving hedonists".
- Smith, Roberta (2002-12-20). "ART IN REVIEW; Benjamin Butler--'Mountain Paintings'". New York Times.
- Johnson, Ken (2005-06-03). "ART IN REVIEW; Benjamin Butler". New York Times.