about




Maddy Buttling lives and works in north London. Graduating from Chelsea College of Arts amidst the lockdowns of 2020, her work encapsulates repetitive domestic spaces. On an intimately small scale, her paintings ritualistically stalk household pets. She devotes herself to unironically deifying the ephemeral pet, while observing the humour and tenderness of the relationship between human and animal.

"When my childhood dog died in 2018, my painting practice began to revolve around a new-found fascination with the human experience of animal death. I started to memorialise household pets, living and dead, through paint. My references often come from spontaneous mobile phone photography. They follow pets around their homes over time, as they die and are replaced along with the furniture. My paintings are always small. I think there’s a specialness about the small, how it draws you in without calling out. Smallness lends itself to the iconographic nature of my work, sincerely serious, but also laughing, in the same breath."


2017
Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Arts

2020
BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts

2021
Correspondence Course, Turps Banana

2021
Drawing Intensive Term, The Royal Drawing School


Exhibitions
Mar 2017, The Doll House Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts
May 2017, Foundation Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts
Feb 2018, Verve Zine Collection, Deptford X
Mar 2018, This is Tuesday, Windmill Brixton
Mar 2019, Animal Requiem, Asylum Chapel
Sep 2019, Made in Arts London, TM Lighting Gallery
Feb 2020, Interim Exhibition, Chelsea College of Arts
Jul 2020, UAL 2020 Graduate Showcase (online degree show)
Sep, 2020, Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition
Oct 2020, 24/7, The Shop Front
Feb 2021, Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painters, Burgh House Hampstead
Feb 2021, In Absentia, cohort.art
Mar 2021, Small Rooms collective, https://www.instagram.com/imprint5848/
Jun 2021, New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
Aug 2021, In Response, Bow Arts Nunnery

Awards
2018, Nominated for Painters’ Company Scholarship
2019, Selected as a Made in Arts London artist
2020, Awarded Jackson's Painting Prize, animal category
2020, Shortlisted for The Artists' Collecting Society Studio Prize, selected as an ACS member https://artistscollectingsociety.org/members/maddy-buttling/
2021, Awarded Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize for best figurative painting

Press
2020, Jackson’s Art https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2020/09/15/maddy-buttling-artist-interview/
2020, Royal Academy of Arts https://www.instagram.com/p/CGwywkoqufB/
2021, New English Art Club https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/about-us/blog/qa-with-maddy-buttling
2021, @deadpetgirls instagram post https://www.instagram.com/p/CUaaPCso8wP/












    dead dog









new dog








   dead ham









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