The Nevada Museum of Art will be presenting Deborah Butterfield’s “Horses”, on view through September 23, 2007.
“Horses” offers a rare opportunity to view 14 of this internationally acclaimed artist’s graceful works in a single exhibition.
Butterfield’s sculpture epitomizes her enduring commitment to exploring the poetic relationship between humans and the natural world.
Horses have been a life-long fascination for artist Deborah Butterfield. Born in 1949 in San Diego, California, and educated at the University of California at Davis, Butterfield has pursued the equine form as the subject of her art since the early 1970s.
Her large-scale sculptures of standing and reclining horses embody the affection, respect and instinctive appreciation for an animal she feels represents strength, beauty and spirituality.
For over 20 years, Montana sculptor Deborah Butterfield has transformed scrap metal, discarded wood, and bronze into larger-than-life sculptures of the horse that are breathtakingly beautiful and captivating to encounter.
Her works of equine art are found in galleries around the world.
Her remarkably prolonged and disciplined focus on the horse—a significant motif in Western art and culture—has sustained her throughout her artistic career.
Since 1979 she has taught sculpture at MontanaStateUniversity, Bozeman, where she also raises and trains horses. She is actively involved in dressage.
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Butterfield horse sculpture donated to Figge Art Museum