The Artists

Butters, Valérie

Butters, Valérie

Valérie Butters is a Canadian artist who burst upon the Art scene in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia in 2010. Since then she has participated in over 60 group shows and her audience continues to grow across North America.

She is fascinated by the subconscious and influenced by surrealism and expressionism. Her studies under many prominent contemporary artists influenced her evolution and exuberant exploration of colour and composition. Valérie was also inspired by the revolutionary Canadian artist, Paul-Émile Borduas who created a very different vision of life and art with his spontaneous expressions of emotions, feelings, and sensations.  While his work was considered radical at the time, Valérie’s work is seen as joyful explosions of colour and emotion.  Somewhat abstracted, soft and free flowing, her floral paintings are broadly appealing and a contemporary take on a more traditional subject.

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Valérie attended the Ottawa School of Art in 2001 and, in 2005, graduated from a three-year Comprehensive Arts Program at the Saidye Bronfman Centre where she received art scholarships in 2003 and in 2004. After her studies life brought her to British Columbia where she now lives with her husband and son.

Her large formats and flamboyant style have caught the eye of art critics such as Henry Lehmann of the Montréal Gazette who described her work as “…interestingly gaudy, exuberantly messy…”