South Shore Contemporary Art

Geoff Butler RCA (1945-Present)

Geoff Butler studied art at the 1972-73 Art Students' League in New York from 1972-1973. He also attended evening and summer art classes in Nova Scotia from 1970-1972. He received his B.A from Memorial University in 1966 and his M.A. from Syracuse University in 1969. He was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 2006.


Solo Exhibitions

2007  Geoff Butler paintings, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John's, NL
2003 "Canuckiana" series. ARTs PLACE, Annapolis Royal, N.S.
2001 "Canuckiana" series. St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, N.S.
1995 "Angel looks" series, circulated in the Atlantic region: University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, N.B.; Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, N.S.; Memorial Univ. of Nfld. Art Gallery, St. John's, Nfld.; Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, Nfld.
1994 "Angel looks" series. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S.,
1992 "Part 1, Angel series". King's Theatre, Annapolis Royal, N.S.
1992 "Art of War". Arms Trade: Global Disarmament and Effective Defence Policies, Atlantic Coast Conference Model United Nations, Park View Educ. Centre, Bridgewater, N.S.,.
1991 "Remembrance Day Exhibition". Universalist Unitarian Church, Halifax, N.S.
1989 "Peace Offerings". New Art Space Gallery, Halifax, N.S.
1986 "Art of War" series. Saint Mary's Univ. Art Gallery, Halifax; St. Francis Xavier Univ., Antigonish, N.S.; Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown.
1985 "Art of War" series. Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison Univ.,Sackville, N.B.; Acadia Univ. Art Gallery, Wolfville, N.S.
1983 "Part 1, Art of War series". Carriage House Gallery, Wolfville, N.S., toured regionally by Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1984-85.
1982 Historic Gardens Gallery, Annapolis Royal.
1981 Carriage House Gallery, Wolfville.
1978 "Stages on Life's Way" F.D. Fine Arts Gallery, Kingston, Ont.
1976 "The Human Predicament". F.D. Fine Arts Gallery, Kingston, Ont.
1975 Truro Public Library, Truro, N.S.
1974 Rented space. Kingston, Ont.
1972 Truro Public Library, Truro.

Group Exhibitions

2006 "Art in a Box", Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
2006 "Folio" Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Western Region, Annapolis Royal and Yarmouth, NS
2000 "Westward Ho. HX. Halifax Exhibition of International Contemporary Art." Anna Leonowens Gallery, N.S. College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.
1998 "Far and Wide", Visual Arts Nova Scotia juried exhibition, Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax.
1997 "Fanta-see!" Student-curated exhibition, Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax.
1996 "Far and Wide", Visual Arts Nova Scotia juried exhibition, Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax.
1994 "Hidden Values: Canadian Corporations Collect". Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax. 1992 Miniature Art Show,"Small on the wall, Mighty on the mind".
Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish, N.S.
1992 "The Choice is Ours". Student curated exhibition, Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax.
1991 "Canada's Wartime, Art & Memories". Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, N.B.
1989 "Arts Festival VI". Annapolis Royal, N.S.
1989 "Maritime Artists". New Art Space Gallery, Oakville, Ont.
1989 "Fear of Others/Art against racism". Sponsored and toured by ART IN ACTION, Vancouver, B.C.
1986 "Visual Facts '86". Dalhousie Univ. Art Gallery, Halifax.
1986 "Nova Scotia Artists on the Threat of Militarism". Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax.
1985 "Old Wars by Young Artists". Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ont.
1984 "Ars Sacra". Technical Univ. of N.S., Halifax.
1983 Nova Scotia Art Bank, Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax.
1982 Society of Canadian Artists. Toronto-Dominion Centre, Toronto, Ont.
1978 Maritime Art Assoc., Saint Mary's Univ. Art Gallery, Halifax.
1977 Maritime Art Assoc., National Exhibition Centre, Fredericton, N.B.
1974 "Spring Exhibition". Agnes Etherington Gallery, Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ont.


2004 Port Royal 400th. Anniversary Society
1987 "Tower II". Purdy's Wharf Development Ltd., Halifax.


Toronto Public Library, Osborne Collection
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.
Nova Scotia Art Bank
Canada Council Art Bank
University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, N.S.
University of New Brunswick Art Centre, Fredericton, N.B.
St. John's Anglican Church, Westphal, N.S.
Corporate Communications Ltd., Halifax.
Northern Telecom, Halifax


"Art of War: Painting it out of the picture". (Self-published, 1990).
"The Killick" (Tundra Books, 1995)
"The Hangashore" (Tundra Books, 1998)
"Ode to Newfoundland" (illustrated, with extensive notes. Lyrics by Sir Cavendish Boyle, music by Sir C. Hubert H. Parry, Tundra books, 2003)
"The Look of Angels: Angels in Art". (self-published, 2004)
With Every Breath We Take: a modern fable in which a snowflake helps put an end to war (self-published, 2007)

Awards & Honours

Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 2006
Winner of the Ontario Arts Council's Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, for The Killick , 1996.
Finalist for the Canada Council's Governor-General's Literary Award for Best Illustration in Children's Books, for The Killick , 1995.
Finalist for the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, for The Killick , 1996
Finalist for the Nova Scotia Library Association's Ann Connor Brimer Award for The Killick , 1996
Nova Scotia Arts Council Creation Grant ,1997-98, to start a series of paintings about Canada.
Canada Council "Established Artist" grant, 1999



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