Boilerplate bio:

Sharon Butler's geometric abstractions explore the tension between digital and handmade. They are based on drawings that she made in a phone app and posted on Instagram from 2016-2020. Her work has been written about in Hyperallergic, artcritical, The New Criterion, The James Kalm Report, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine. In a review of the 2021 show, "Morning in America," at Theodore:Art in Brooklyn, NY, artist-critic Laurie Fendrich called her work “beautiful and grittily compelling” and suggested that “the future of abstraction will be owned by those who accept a post-compositional approach to their paintings. Right now, Sharon Butler has the best of both worlds.”  

She has received awards and residencies from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation, Connecticut Comission on the Arts, Connecticut State University, Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Pocket Utopia, and Counterproof Press.

Sharon has served as a lecturer and/or Visiting Artist/Critic at many notable universities and art organizations, including Brown University, Cornell University, Vermont Studio Center, Penn State, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hoffberger School of Painting(MICA), School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Desgin. She currently teaches in the MFA programs at the New York Academy of Art and the University of Connecticut. She is the founder of Two Coats of Paint, a blogazine about contemporary painting.

She lives in Queens and maintains a studio under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges in Brooklyn.


For more details and dates, check out the Exhibitions Page.