Geoff Butterworth began painting full time in 1980 after a serious motorcycle accident
ended his career in Engineering. It was a time when Art was in a Renaissance with
many Galleries interested in Local Art and artists were everywhere. It was also the
end of the Industrial dominance of Cotton Mills and the age of Steam was a distant
memory, this gave the area of the Pennines a fresh new vibrancy as it emerged from
it’s grimy past. Villages took on a fresh new look as more wealth brought a new pride
in Homes and surroundings. It was through this transforming period that Geoff Butterworth
developed as an artist. He grew up in the small but character-full Pennine Village
of Littleborough and started painting the Moors and Houses of the area. The Watercolours
he produced in the first months were a learning curve as he began to find his feet
as an artist, experimenting with composition and strength of colour and arriving
with a stile that stood out from the looser, washy and often amateurish exhibits
seen in most Galleries. He was never interested in the title of ‘Local Artist’ and
quickly set about painting the areas he travelled to on his ‘Camera Days’. His work
quickly drew attention from Galleries in Saddleworth, near Oldham. Stockport and
then into Wales, where several Art shops took his work. By 1983 he was staging one
man shows at least twice a year, producing a great deal of work that sold for only
Tens of pounds, but was gaining much attention and in Saddleworth he had his first
near sell out show on the preview. Since those early years Geoff has won many Major
Awards in National competitions and been commissioned throughout the World, From
America to Australia and large collections in many parts of England.
In 1998 Geoff moved into the 300 year Old Parsonage at Whitworth Lancashire and
set up a new Studio.
Biography Contact Tuition Days New Work & Links
1980 Started full time painting
1982 First one man show.
1983 Sell out Show at Delph.
1984 Celebrated the Year of the Castles Conway Wales.
1985 Member of the Society of Artists
1986 Exhibitions in Stockport and Manchester. Uppermill and York.
1987 Commissions from Whatman Paper Ltd. World wide publicity.
Elected into Royal Society of Arts.
Exhibition at Knutsfords Church Hill Gallery.
1988 Exhibition at Platform One Gallery
‘Walk into Light’
1989 - 1997 Exhibitions at Whalley, Filey Stockport Manchester Castle Combe Rochdale
1998 Won British Watercolour society Top prize & Mail on Sunday Prize at Ilkley August.
Elected a Fellow of the BWS
1998 Won British society of Painters Exhibition at Ilkley December. Elected as Member
of the BWS
1999 Won Top prize at British Watercolour Society for 3rd time. Elected into The
International Guild of Artists. March.
1999 Prizewinner at Laing Landscape & Seascape competition Mall Gallery.
2000 Major prizewinner at Laing competition Mall Gallery London.
Headed the first National Exhibition at G-Mex Manchester.
2001 onwards Exhibited in National competitions. Singer and Freidlander for Watercolours
and Not the Turner Prize for original artwork.
2008 Elected into Birmingham Watercolour society Won top Prize at BWS centenary exhibition
at ST Pauls Gallery Birmingham.
September 2010 Accepted entry into Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
30th anniversary Exhibition Towneley Hall.
2013 Outright winner of Hayfield Pro Loco painting competition. 6 hours to paint
one picture on location.
September 2013 Winner BWS Summer exhibition Hanbury Hall Worcester.
Geoff's Studio is always open for visitors To discuss commissions or to purchase
a Print or an Original Painting.
A great advantage to anyone wanting a painting is that Geoff is a very talented Picture
Framer too so any commission will be finished to a very high standard. All included
in the price. Customer satisfaction is most important.
For details of Painting Days or afternoons read on.
Whether if you are a complete beginner or an experienced amateur, you can always
gain from tips and guidance from a professional. Watercolour is a difficult medium
to master but added knowledge will make your painting easier and more enjoyable.
The Paper paints and Brushes all affect your painting, as well as mediums such as
Ox Gall and Gum Arabic. With One to One tuition an afternoon or a full day can make
all the difference.
Tuition available on Thursday Friday and Saturdays
From 10.30 till 4.0pm for the Day. Price £85.00
From 1.00 till 4.0pm for an afternoon. Price £45.00
Please bring with you your artwork This will give me a guide to your experience
and it will open the discussion about subjects and materials.