Geoff Butterworth was born in Littleborough in 1951 and always wanted to become an artist. He enrolled at Rochdale Art College at the age of 15 but later turned to engineering as a career. It was the advent of a serious road accident at the age of 22 that ended one career and opened up the opportunity for another.
Turning from oils to watercolour focussed Geoff onto new subjects and a realisation that the urban landscape would be his strong point. His first exhibition was at the Great House Gallery at Rivington in 1980.
Since then he has exhibited at the Church Hill Gallery at Knutsford, Manchesters G-Mex and Platform One Gallery. Many other exhibitions around the country followed and his work has sold internationally.
He was elected into the Royal Society of Arts in 1987 and won top prize on three occasions at the British Watercolour Society exhibitions in Ilkley, Yorkshire.
Now an elected member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society he has won major prizes at the Laing Watercolour competitions at the Mall Gallery and exhibited in the Singer and Friedlander and the Not the Turner Prize.
Of himself and his work, Geoff says:
”I have always tried to work in the pure watercolour style and to give each new painting an edge over the last. My aim is to produce a painting that I will never sell.’ ‘
He now exhibits at Sandifords Gallery Rochdale and Oscars at Rawtenstall and Lytham.
His work is also exhibited at Art Decor, Whalley and Gallery One Southport.
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