Ron Buttler is an artist based in Aiken, South Carolina. In his practice, Ron works in oil paint and mixed media, creating works that are inspired by art history, sometimes appropriating figures and elements from existing paintings and re-mixing them for a contemporary audience.
In our previous feature of Ron’s works, we looked at the artist’s three-dimensional portraits. Ron utilizes mixed media -- including papier-mâché and found objects -- to create paintings in which figures literally jump right out of the canvas. The works have a playful sense about them, despite the careful application and painstaking planning that must go into each one.
Elsewhere in his portfolio, Ron uses a more classical application of oil paint to create portraits, landscapes, and other figurative works. That playful edge never disappears from Ron’s works, and is especially visible in works like Last Supper in B Flat, or Godzilla Vacations on Myrtle Beach.