All That Which Sings | Eleanor Louise Butt
7 Oct – 19 Nov | Burrinja Gallery
‘As the image pulls me deep inside of it, a special kind of silence descends, trapping me in its dark spaces and channels of light; releasing its secrets as it carries me across surfaces and down through layers. And then that eternal struggle, as I try to pull back from its hold (its trance-inducing revelry, its devilry).’ Dr Jan Bryant, 2022
Eleanor Louise Butt is a Kallista-based contemporary artist whose practice is grounded in studio experimentation. Taking painting as her primary medium, she employs colour, texture, line, and form as strategies for charging surfaces with gestural energy. Expanding these techniques into bronze sculpture and drawing, Eleanor’s work adopts the potentialities of paint to create visual dialogues across a range of media, where action, experience, perception, memory, and art historical references are interwoven and folded back into one another.
Eleanor has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and the UK since 2014, and has been included in group exhibitions in Melbourne, Denmark, Geelong, and Sydney since 2009. She has an Honours degree from the Victorian College of the Arts (2013).
Eleanor was the 2019 recipient of a tenancy at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall, UK – the first female Australian artist in the studios’ 140-year history. She was awarded the George Hicks Award (2012) and has been a finalist in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (2023), Muswellbrook Art Prize (2023), Waverley Art Prize (2023), Omnia Art Prize (2023), Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize (2016) and the M Collection Art Award (2016).