Geoff Butterworth FRSA, BWS was born in Lancashire in 1952. After leaving school, he trained in engineering and was a fabricator for seven years but this ended abruptly in 1974 when he was involved in a serious motorbike accident where he almost lost a leg. During a long and painful three and a half year convalescence, Geoff Butterworth developed his interest in painting.
As a truly talented artist, his paintings are remarkable for their detail and accuracy. Working in watercolour in a style that Geoff calls ‘photo-realism’, he has a wonderful sense of light, colour and perspective and is able to produce shadows that are hard or soft, brilliant light or great depths of darkness, and a most realistic feeling of heat or cold.
Geoff Butterworth’s fine pictures belie the fact that he is self-taught. His inspiration comes from studying villages and countryside with a photographic eye. His work is elegant and sophisticated, yet honest and accessible.
His images are known throughout the world but it is in this country that he has accomplished the most. Achievements during his career include winning the Best Picture award at the British Society of Painters Exhibition for three consecutive years. Geoff Butterworth was elected to join The Royal Society of Arts and The International Guild of Artist’s. He has subsequently been made an Associate of the British Watercolour Society as a result of the consistent high quality of his work.
If approaching the gallery from Penrith or the M6 heading East on the A66 there is a major diversion in place to the gallery via Motherby. Instead of this we would recommend taking the first turning right to Newbiggin shortly after the Rheged roundabout, follow the road through the village and then turn left as you come out of the village. Follow the road up the hill past the recycling centre and turn right at the bend where you will see our brown tourist board sign, follow the lane and signs to the gallery. Altenatively take B5288 from Penrith to Greystoke turning left left to the gallery less than a quarter of a mile out of Greystoke.
Otherwise please follow the diversion signs on the A66 - they will successfully get you here but it will take 10 minutes longer.
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