Allan Butt’s life-long interest in art was first sparked during his high school days; upon his graduation, he began a self-directed years-long intensive study of art and painting, focusing on the techniques of early American masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer-Sargent and Andrew Wyeth.
In 1982, he decided to further his knowledge of art through higher education. He earned a B.A. degree in art, graduating with honors from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama.
Allan Butt served as a three-term president of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts society of Mobile; he has had memberships in the Mobile Arts Association, the Alabama Watercolor Society, the North Carolina Watercolor Society and the Charlotte Artists’ Association.
He has been featured in various newspapers and magazines. In 2008, the Japanese magazine “Megumi no Ame” featured a full-length article on the artist, including color photographs of his artwork.
The artist has lived in the Caribbean, as well as many states in the U.S.A. In 2013, Allan moved with his family to Charlotte. He has traveled abroad to locations as varied as England, Scotland, Germany and Eastern Europe, gathering artistic inspiration from scenes both agrarian and urban; from the townsfolk of the Republic of Georgia and the pastoral English Cotswolds, to the towering skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline.
About the Artist's Work
He developed a unique style based on color, composition, and contrast and is versatile in oils, watercolor, acrylic, and casein.
Allan’s work has been juried into national exhibitions and shows in numerous group and one-person shows, garnering both awards and commissions.
Allan Butt demonstrates a mastery of watercolor and oils in the portrayal of modern realism; he also enjoys abstract painting, frequently incorporating mixed media and experimental techniques.
His paintings can be found in private and corporate collections on both sides of the Atlantic. He
maintains his studio in his home in Charlotte.