Reg Butler was born in Buntingford, Hertfordshire in 1913 and during his life worked extensively as an artist and teacher.
In the late 1930’s he lectured at the Architectural Association School and was later the technical editor of the Architect’s Journal. His career as a sculptor began in 1947 when he collaborated with Henry Moore and worked as his assistant.
Butler’s first solo show took place at London’s Hanover Gallery in 1949 and in 1952 he presented for Britain at the Venice Biennale. Also during this period he won the Unknown Political Prisoner sculpture competition and began teaching at the Slade School of Art.
His later career’s themes focused on the representation of female nudes which were extensively incorporated in the retrospective he was dedicated in 1983-4 at Tate Gallery.
Butler’s works are held in several international public collections including Tate Gallery, British Museum, Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Buckman D., 2006, Artists in Britain since 1945, Vol 1, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol