London Art Fair 2017Stand 7 17 - 22 Jan 2017 Art FairPiano Nobile will be exhibition at the London Art Fair 2017 at the Business Design Centre in January. Showcasing Modern British art, Modern British painting and Modern British sculpture for sale.
Masterpiece 2016Royal Hospital Gardens, Chelsea 28 Jun - 6 Jul 2016 Art FairPiano Nobile returns to Masterpiece for 2016 with Modern British, International and Contemporary art for sale.
Masterpiece 2015Stand A25 24 Jun - 1 Jul 2015 Art FairPiano Nobile is exhibiting at Masterpiece 2015.
London Art FairStand 8 20 - 25 Jan 2015 Art FairPiano Nobile is exhibiting at the London Art Fair, Islington in January 2015.
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Masterpiece 201228 Jun - 4 Jul 2012 Art FairThe Gallery will be presenting a selection of work by European Modernists including Walter Sickert, Christopher Wood, Hans Hartung, Anthony Caro and William Turnbull.
Reg Butler (1913 - 1981)
Born in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, Reg Butler was a British sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker, although an architect by training (his work included the clocktower of Slough Town Hall, 1936). He began making sculpture in 1944, without formal training, but architecture remained his primary activity until 1950, when he gave up his practice and became the first Gregory Fellow in sculpture at Leeds University. In 1953 he came to prominence upon being awarded the first prize (£4,500) in the international competition organised by the Institute of Contemporary Art for a 'Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner' (defeating Calder, Gabo, and Hepworth among other established artists). Butler's design was characterised by harsh, spindly forms, suggesting in his own words 'an iron cage, a transmuted gallows or guillotine on an outcrop of rock'. The monument was never built - one of the models is in the Tate Gallery, London - but the competition established Butler's reputation among the finest British sculptors of his generation. Butler's later work returned to a more figurative style: producing three or four works a year, he focused on sculptures of nude women in contorted poses, exploring the stresses and strains of the female form.
Butler learned iron-forging when he worked as a blacksmith during the World War II (he was a conscientious objector) and iron remained his preferred material, although he was a sensitive draughtsman and made drawings as independent works whilst also producing a few lithographs and wood engravings. An articulate writer and radio broadcaster, he vigorously argued the case for modern sculpture; five lectures he delivered to students at the Slade School in 1961 were published in book form the following year as Creative Development (he taught at the Slade from 1951 to 1980). He died in 1981.
Text Source: A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art