Painterly Paintings

All About Surface: A Selection of Painterly Paintings from the Butler Collection

Exhibition on view through 2017

The term “painterly” is used to denote painting which emphasizes the brushstroke. For centuries painters were taught to hide the brushstroke and to emphasize a smooth surface. The Modern Era has changed all that. Artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse and Pollock, as Expressionists, highlight bold markings in their art. Painterly painting is a loose and “expressive” approach to the application of paint. This exhibition from the Butler Collection celebrates the process of painting in which the brushstroke is decidedly visible.



Left image: Friedel Dzubas, South-West, acrylic on canvas.

Right image (detail of): Louis Betts, Frances and Judy, oil.