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Abdullah Ali Butler

Abdullah Ali Butler
Abdullah Ali Butler in front of his artworrks

Abdullah Ali Butler was ten years old when he worked on a long-term school project about ancient Egypt. It was then when he decided to live in Egypt and he became a keen amateur Egyptologist. About the same time, he developed an interest in art.

Abdullah came to Egypt for the first time in April 1985 and immediately fell in love with Luxor. From then on he came several times a year. In 1995, he moved to the west bank in Luxor, where he lived until the end of 2000. Then he moved to Cairo, staying there until the beginning of 2007 when he moved to Alexandria and then in 2016 he moved back to Cairo.

For Abdullah painting is a commitment. It's not just something one does periodically but a daily discipline. His view is the "singularity of all things". He says:

"A painting is a record of thousands of moments, the decisions made from the very first mark to the very last, each intersecting interacting with the previous moment to create the future now.
When we create we are the closest we can be to understanding creation and yet it’s a poor understanding at best, when we reach out to the infinite, the infinite reaches towards Man, it is through us that God perceives its own existence.
Though beauty itself is a worthy aspiration art should be more than mere decoration Art is the elevation of humanity above the mundane. Living life itself can be - should be - an art, and Art itself should touch the divinity not only in man but in all things, enshrining a momentary search for the unity of the singularity of its discernment."


Works available at Nūn Art Gallery:

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The Vigilant Harlequin
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 120 cm
14,300 EGP

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The Eternal Dance
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 120 cm
14,300 EGP

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The Bridge
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 160 cm
14,300 EGP


Education and Work Experience:

  • 1987-1989 BTech Art & Design Diploma, Hastings College of Arts and
    Technology England
  • 1990-1994 HN Fine Art Diploma, Hastings College of Arts and Technology
  • 1995-1997 Luxor Egypt: Research on ancient Egyptian painting materials and
    techniques and reconstruction and preservation of antiquities
  • 1997-1998 Luxor, Egypt: Desert Dream Developments
    Designing and constructing private housing and holiday villas
    Designing and restoring mud-brick houses
  • 1998-2001 Akhenaten City Palace, Luxor/Cairo: Design work for the decoration for the reconstruction of the city of Tell el Amarna as a tourist development
  • 2001-2003 American City College Cairo: Wrote and implemented their art
    curriculum for all grades
  • 2003-2005 El Yamama Center of Prince Mohammed Bander Abd el Aziz, Cairo: Designed and implemented the decorative work
  • 2005-2007 Cairo: Various decorative projects for buildings and offices including Peach Investments and Ayun Tourist Developments


Group Exhibitions:

  • 1994-1995 Riviera Gallery (two thematic group exhibitions), Hastings,
    East Sussex
  • 2011 El Sawy Culture Wheel Center, Jerusalem Group exhibition, January, Cairo
  • 2013 El Sawy Culture Wheel Center, April, Cairo
  • 2020 Egypt International Art Salon, Hurghada
  • 2020 The Continent, exhibition of the Luxor African Film Festival, Luxor
  • 2020 Nūn Art Gallery Luxor, Summer Collection 2020


Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1994-1995 Shark Gallery, Old Town Hastings, East Sussex, England
  • 2010 Cafe Kunst Gallery, 1st – 7th February, Cairo
  • 2010 Clay Café/Gallery, 16th – 26th February, Alexandria
  • 2010 Centre Rézodanse Egypte, 20th-30th May, Alexandria
  • 2011 Cairo Atelier, 2nd -17th April, Cairo
  • 2015 Wadjet Point, March, Alexandria


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