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The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now

Dwayne Butcher
I Would Rather Be Painting Landscapes
acrylic & ink on canvas, 48x60

Artist Dwayne Butcher

Courtesy of David Lusk Gallery

Butcher is an artist, writer, and curator who completed his MFA at Memphis College of Art in 2008. His art works are known for their use of witticisms and one-liners commenting on masculine Southern identity in his art works, which include paintings, sculpture, and video projects. This painting is the result of his thinking about ways to increase his work's level of engagement with audiences and stature in the broader art world. While considering what motifs or subjects most often resonate with viewers on a wide scale, he realized landscapes would be one way to connect to a wide range of people. Since he is conceptual painter, he decided to create an homage to the form in his own unique way. Butcher has been featured in numerous local exhibitions in recent years, and has increasingly shown internationally. His work curating small monthly shows of local artists' work at the P&H Café contributed to the vibrancy of the cultural scene from 2004-2011.

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