Born in Liverpool, Butler trained at Liverpool School (1944-1945), re-enrolling after completing his service in the RAF (1948-1950). A respected teacher as well as a painter, he taught at St Helens Art School and was head of art at Birkenhead School, until he retired in the late 1980s. Butler was not a prolific painter, but the high quality and refinement of his work (largely realist genre scenes) earned him acclaim and exhibitions at the Crane Gallery, Manchester; Agnew’s; and with the Northern Young Contemporaries. His paintings are now in the permanent collections of several important northern public collections including the Walker Art Gallery; Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead; Liverpool University; and Manchester City Art Gallery. Became associate member of the RCA in 1954 and full member in 1957

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