This winter, G. Gibson Gallery exhibits selected works by veteran Seattle abstract artist Weldon Butler and printmaker Amanda Knowles. The exhibit includes drawings, prints and a small selection of sculpture. We hope you can plan on joining us for an Artist Reception on Saturday, February 10th from 3-5pm.
"My work is the opposite of organic. I'm inspired by cities. In cities, I always know where I am. I like the pattern of city grids, the manhole covers, the trolley lines, the tread of tires, sidewalks and streets, street lights, the shape of the buildings. My materials tend to be urban, too. When I need color, I go to Home Depot or True Value. I see myself as a sculptor who makes prints and drawings. I have a vocabulary of shapes, not a palette of colors, like a painter."
Weldon Butler (b. 1941) moved to Tacoma from Philadelphia in 1968, on the advise of his brother-in-law, who told him the job market was strong. From 1970-73, Butler studied art at Green River Community College, following a desire that first surfaced at the age of 14. In addition to a lifetime of making art, Weldon has been a toolmaker for Boeing, a silkscreen technician in Tacoma, a mapmaker, and an auto shop fender man in his home town of Philadelphia.
Weldon Butler's artwork has been featured in exhibits at the Seattle Art Museum, the University of Washington's Henry Art Gallery, the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Pacific University, the American Institute of Architects Gallery, The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA) Kirkland Art Center, and CoCA, among others. His work is in the collections of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum (Philadelphia, PA), University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle, WA), The City of Seattle Portable Works (Seattle, WA), The American Institute of Architects, the Washington State Art in Public Places (Gig Harbor, WA), The Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA) and numerous design and architectural firms.
Weldon Butler currently lives and works in Seattle's Central District.