Kilkenny artist Jade Butler
Kilkenny-born artist Jade Butler has been having a phenomenal year, making a big impression in the art world.
The highlight she says was being selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) summer exhibition in Dublin which is regarded as the most prestigious event in the Irish art calendar.
Thousands of artists submit their work each year but only a select few are chosen to exhibit alongside the established academy members in Dublin's Ely Place.
Jade however has scored a hat-trick, having also had her work selected for the Royal Ulster Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy , which are the Northern Ireland and Scottish equivalents of the RHA.
Her RUA painting was purchased from that exhibition by the Northern Ireland OPW, while the others were bought by private collectors.
If this wasn't enough, she was then invited to exhibit in London with The Society of Women Artists .
The SWA is a British art body founded in 1855 and is dedicated to celebrating and promoting fine art created by women. It enjoys the royal patronage of HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
She also found time to create a collection of work for a solo show at Dungarvan Art Centre as well as exhibiting at the Wexford Opera Festival and a sold out collection of paintings at this years Kilkenny Arts Festival.
A graduate of West Wales School of Art, Jade is the daughter of Kilkenny artist Brock Butler. She now works from her studio in Rathmines in Dublin but regularly returns to Kilkenny.
She has recently completed a second residency at the renowned artists retreat in Cill Riallaig outside Waterville in South Kerry, overlooking the Atlantic.
Jade works primarily in the medium of oil painting.
Current work draws inspiration from Still Life painting throughout art history, particularly the Dutch and Flemish schools.
Her work is a contemporary take on the traditional still life and its associated themes.
"I try to combine natural subjects with deteriorating man-made items to create a contemporary interpretation of a traditional still life,” she said.
“I use the relationships between the objects to explore ideas about the organic cycle of nature and life, death, materialism and status.
“I am trying to establish a modern form of still life by arranging elements in a more unexpected manner,” she added.
Some of Jade’s most recent paintings will be shown with Christmas Exhibition at The Kilkenny Art Gallery at Johns Bridge which runs from December 6 to 23. Don’t miss this opportunity!