Deborah Butterfield | Sculpture

30th Anniversary Exhibition
October 3 - November 16, 2013

Bronze Sculptures

2013 Installation Views

Unique cast bronze with patina
93 x 101 x 44 inches
On view at Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon for "A Contemporary Bestiary" through December 21, 2014

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

Cast bronze
38 x 48 x 17 inches

Unique cast bronze with patina
32.5 x 38 x 11 inches
Price on request

Found Steel

Welded found steel with concrete
41.5 x 49 x 14.5 inches

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

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