about




Made on a small scale, my paintings show household pets situated in intimate domestic spaces, observing both the humour and tenderness of the relationship between human and animal. When my childhood dog, Abra, died, I painted scenes of her in our home obsessively. A repetitive, almost ritualistic, practice occurred. I began to examine the idea of memorialising animals - deification through the extravagance of oil paint. Naturally, both the ‘pet portrait’ and the ‘miniature’ can be read as ironic kitsch, but my paintings are authentically sentimental. My practice toys with the painting of animals as a genuine act of devotion.


2017 Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Arts
2020 BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts

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
July 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

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

Press
2020, Jackson’s Art interview https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2020/09/15/maddy-buttling-artist-interview/
2020, Royal Academy of Arts https://www.instagram.com/p/CGwywkoqufB/