Eleanor Louise Butt’s paintings are process led, employing a personal language of recurring shapes, negative space and distinctive colour. Forms and gestures interact, generating relationships and mnemonic narratives. Through this ongoing investigation of material and archetypes, Eleanor adopts the potentialities of paint to create surfaces where action, experience, perception and memory are interwoven and folded back into one another.
The surface of each painting becomes a charged space through the use of coarse linen and hessian and are often saturated with an iconic yellow hue. What then follows is an intuitive process of applying and removing paint, pouring, rubbing and layering, all situated within a unique language of figure-ground dynamics. Through these actions, Eleanor’s canvases become diaristic sites for posing questions and receiving answers whilst generating agency through an intimate and reciprocal relationship between artist and object.
Eleanor Louise Butt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours). Recent solo exhibitions include After L’Été, Bus Projects, Melbourne, (2019), Mnemonics, Lon Gallery, Melbourne (2017), After-Image, Fort Delta, Melbourne (2016). She has participated in group exhibitions at galleries including Sutton Projects (Melbourne), Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon (Copenhagen, Denmark), Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn Arts Centre (Melbourne), Spring 1883, Windsor Hotel, (Melbourne), Blindside ARI (Melbourne), Wellington St Projects (Sydney), and c3 Contemporary Art Space, (Melbourne).
Eleanor was a finalist in the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize and the M-Collection Art Award in 2016 and the recipient of the George Hicks Award in 2012. In 2019 Eleanor will be taking up a 6-week tenancy at Porthmeor Studios in Cornwall, UK. Her work is held in private collections in Australia and internationally, and has been featured in Belle Magazine, Green Magazine, Country Style Magazine, Australian House and Garden Magazine, The Design Files, and Lor Journal.