Department:Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art
Jim is a practising artist with research interests in drawing, printmaking, illustration and artist’s books. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Mexico and across Europe, and is held in numerous collections including Tate, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Hague's Meermanno Museum.
Jim has worked as an artist and educator since completing his MA in 2001. He initially taught in Manchester Metropolitan University before starting at Anglia Ruskin in 2007. In his illustration practice, he's has been commissioned by international clients such as Adidas and Siemens. In 2008, he worked closely with Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle, David Hughes and other leading illustrators when he designed a book of drawings to celebrate Cambridge School of Art’s 150th anniversary.
Jim has a particular interest in visual language developed over large series of work. His ongoing research included a series of several hundred collage drawings documenting different cities. His artist’s books explore a range of themes and have been acquired by a number of major public collections. He sees his practice as being not just integral to research but a means of researching ideas through practice.
Butler, J., 2013. The Printmaker and the Challenge of the Editioned Book. The Blue Notebook, 7(2) pp.38-45.
Butler, J., 2008. Cambridge School of Art 1858-2008 New Drawings. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.
Work in public collections
Keynote presentation, “La Naissance des Images” Illustr4tio conference, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon, 2014
“Les Espaces du livre”, Tirnity College, Cambridge, 2013
“Obeservation: Mapping: Dialogue” Drawing Research Network, Brighton, 2010