Arnold R Butler: i’M (a) moTHa+ fUcken aRT-iSt

Arnold R Butler: i’M (a) moTHa+ fUcken aRT-iSt

“My idea of art isn’t normal. I feel the artist should appear in his work no more than God appears in nature. Man means nothing-his work means everything.”


How did you get into what you do creatively? What in your personal life has influenced you to choose your career?

I don’t see art as a career. I see it more as a lifestyle that I inherited from my father. I grew up watching my father paint. I never asked him to teach me-I just loved watching him paint for hours, listening to John Coltrane, oblivious to anything outside his flow of creativity.

In regards to myself, I came to art as a patient in need of therapy. I use art to translate the unfiltered emotions vesturing my spiritual being. Simply stated, I don’t paint pictures, I paint my prayers.


What do you wish to accomplish with your art? What is the ultimate message in your creative expressions?

I really don’t think about accomplishments. I’ve never painted to impress people. I paint in hopes of impressing the universe.

What is the best advice that you have been given?

“Make your art so personal, that it becomes universal.”

– Radcliffe Bailey


What was the biggest opposing force that you encountered on your creative journey?

She’s no longer in the picture. She told me to choose between her and the art. I chose the art and never looked backwards.

Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?

I never doubt my talent because I always approach art with an honest heart and pure intentions. Secondly, it’s rather difficult to fail when you’re in love with your passion. When you love what you do, you’ll never die.


Where can we find out about your work, projects I’ll be having an art show July 2014 in Atlanta, Ga.

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