Deborah Butterfield | Sculpture


30th Anniversary Exhibition
October 3 - November 16, 2013




Bronze Sculptures


2013 Installation Views





RED FOREST, 2013
Unique cast bronze with patina
93 x 101 x 44 inches
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Red Forest
With a dark, reddish patina, Red Forest, creates a complex silhouette of dark shapes and lines. The large globes of pine boles contrast with the diagonal and vertical lodgepole pine trunks that rest against it and anchor it to the floor.

View an earlier example of this body of work.

In these standing works from the 1970s, Butterfield used a similar leaning of elements against the horse figure.
In the earlier works, the horses were made of mud and sticks and the branches or tree trunks were still wood. In current works, the entire sculpture is made of wood first and then cast in bronze providing lasting stability to the work.


Horse #6, 1978
Mud, sticks, steel
144 x 108 x 84 inches
Collection of Oakland Museum


Horse #7 (Bonfire), 1978
Mud, sticks, steel
144 x 108 x 65 inches
Collection of di Rosa Preserve Napa, California





KINO PALUA , 2014
Unique cast bronze with patina
32.5 x 38 x 11 inches
Price on request




Found Steel



ROCKFORD, 2013
Welded found steel with concrete
41.5 x 49 x 14.5 inches
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Rockford
For many years, Butterfield has acquired scrap metal by the ton from a salvage yard in Rockford, Illinois. When this pile of rebar arrived at her studio, with its large chunks of concrete still attached, the artist recognized its promising opportunity. Butterfield welded the forcibly bent rebar to cage the concrete within the sculpture.


Other work available, not in current show


REDHEAD, 2005
Welded found steel
30 x 124 x 67 inches
Available - price on request

Additional view of REDHEAD, 2005


My work is not so overtly about movement. My horses' gestures are really quite quiet, because real horses move so much better than I could pretend to make things move. For the pieces I make, the gesture is really more within the body, it's like an internalized gesture, which is more about the content, the state of mind or of being at a given instant. And so it's more like a painting...the gesture and the movement is all pretty much contained within the body. - Deborah Butterfield