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Abdullah Ali Butler in front of two of his artworks

Abdullah Ali Butler 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, and became a keen amateur Egyptologist. About the same time, he developed an interest in art. 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." - Abdullah Ali Butler

 

Works available at Nūn Art Gallery:

From the Nūn Art Gallery "Couples" Exhibition
in March/April 2021
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Concealed by Offering
Acrylic on Canvas
150 x 100 cm
SOLD

   

 

Other Works by Abdullah Ali Butler 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 Dancer
Acrylic on Canvas
120 x 120 cm
14,300 EGP

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

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The Shining
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 80 cm
SOLD

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Aztec Maiden
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 80 cm
5,800 EGP

 
Abdullah about these works:

The Vigilant Harlequin:
"Like the saints of old, she stands in the arid waste. The disk eternal radiates her soul shining, a beacon in the emptiness. Faceless for you can never know her. She can not speak to you of futility or of hope for she knows neither. She is the certainty."

The Eternal Dancer:
"There is a moment in time, it is ever-present. The conclusion of everything, every single choice, word, deed has led to this point, this exact moment. It evolves into yet another. This is the Dance Eternal, we are each part of it. She is surrounded by disks or coins, all shining and golden, to be grasped and gathered, but the shining horde is often fool's gold, deceptively shining yet worthless. Like the myriad of decisions and choices we made and make. The dance will pass the years gleefully, playfully yet do we join the dance willingly or trudge through the steps disapprovingly, disappointed that all that shines is not gold, they can not learn that the wealth is in the joy of the dance itself in which sometimes the fool's gold is worth so much more."

The Bridge:
"She is blue, like the sky, like the water. She is the Mother, Eternal. She is veiled but lightly, gossamer clad. Jewels man-made seek to enhance that beauty which cannot be decorated except with that of wrought by devotion. She holds the circle of life, the seed of the hope of a future which is also the bridge over which millions of souls have passed."

Aztec Maiden:
"Unspoken except in speech. Unseen, but by eyes that have seen the words and heard the colours singing of past images that record the greatness that once was. In time will I become unknown but yet still part of the ever changing present. A moment in time never again touched but always yearning to be."

The Shining:
"Strange creatures are familiar. Savanna stretched measured by the barefoot nomads. Home is before and behind, to the left and right. Home is the rock and trees, scrub and forest. For it is all one, home. The sun shines a myriad days dawns each heralding the journey home till the day dawns in which the light shines upon me and home has become all things eternal."

 

Other Works by Abdullah Ali Butler available at Nūn Art Gallery:

Abdullah Ali Butler is fascinated by the Japanese art of Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi = golden repair), which is repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, embracing in that way the flawed or imperfect and reviving it. Abdullah "translated" this three-dimensional technique into striking two-dimensional paintings.

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Kintsugi I:
Geisha

Acrylic Paint on Canvas
60 x 80 cm
SOLD

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Kintsugi II:
Memories of Hannah

Acrylic Paint on Panel
60 x 80 cm
5,800 EGP

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Kintsugi III:
Pensive Dancer

Acrylic Paint on Panel
50 x 70 cm
4,700 EGP

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Kintsugi IV:
Leigh

Acrylic Paint on Board
40 x 60 cm
SOLD

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Kintsugi V:
Waiting

Acrylic Paint on Panel
60 x 80 cm
5,800 EGP

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Kintsugi VI:
The Cherry Blossom

Acrylic Paint on Board
40 x 60 cm
SOLD

 

"I find an empty canvas exciting, a painting is a mass of decisions and moments, each captured and in turn capturing those decisions in an image, a mirror of time and motivation. To me Art is not decoration it's a statement" - Abdullah Ali Butler

 

Videos:

Interview with Abdullah Ali Butler and art lover Jayne Kenney during his visit at Nūn Art Gallery on 11 Feb 2021:

Interview with Abdullah Ali Butler and Jayne Kenney

 

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
    England
  • 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
  • 2012 El Sawy Culture Wheel Center, Spring collective, May, Cairo
  • 2013 El Sawy Culture Wheel Center, April, Cairo
  • 2016 El Sawy Culture Wheel Center, Spring collective, May, Cairo
  • 2016 UNESCO Art in Education, Alexandria Atelier, guest speaker and exhibitor May, Alexandria
  • 2017 The Matter of Time, El Sawy Culture Wheel Center, November, Cairo
  • 2018 Ostraca Gallery Collective, January, Hurghada
  • 2019 International Art Symposium, Hurghada
  • 2020 2nd Egypt International Art Salon, Hurghada
  • 2020 The Continent, exhibition of the Luxor African Film Festival, Luxor
  • 2020 Nūn Art Gallery Luxor, Summer Collection 2020
  • 2020 Aldau International Art Festival II, Ostraca Gallery, Hurgada
  • 2021 3rd Egypt International Art Salon, Cairo
  • 2021 The Dialogue, exhibbition with Khaled Al Tahmazi, Ostraca Art Gallery, Hurghada
  • 2021 Couples - Group Exhibition, Nūn Art Gallery, Luxor
  • 2021 Nūn Art Gallery Luxor, Summer Collection 2021
  • 2021 Aldau International Art Festival III, Ostraca Gallery, Hurgada

 

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
  • 2015 Trans4mations, Alexandria Atelier, November, Alexandria
  • 2017 Changes, Ostraca Gallery, 10-30th January, Hurghada

Abdullah Ali Butler
Abdullah Ali Butler with some of his artworks in the courtyard of Nūn Art Gallery

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