Deborah Butterfield, ‘Setsuko’, 1994, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"I was fanatic about horses before I could talk. I could barely walk when I began dragging my father to see horses. Now, the horse has become my rectangle. Instead of just painting on a rectangular canvas, I use the horse. For me it has become more than a subject matter." —Deborah Butterfield

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
Private Collection, Las Vegas (acquired from the above in 1995)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

About Deborah Butterfield

Deborah Butterfield’s sculptures of horses appear to be fashioned from branches, scrap metal, and weathered lumber. She uses these materials as the basis for each work, casting the final sculpture in bronze, which creates a rich patina that mimics the natural color and texture of wood. Butterfield sometimes includes or substitutes other materials such as concrete or steel. “For the pieces I make, the gesture is really more within the body, it’s like an internalized gesture, which is more about the content, the state of mind or of being at a given instant,” she has said. The horses and the artist’s other sculptures focused on natural forms highlight a sense of movement through space.

American, b. 1949, San Diego, California, based in Bozeman, Montana