Butterfield Horse Sculptures On Display


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. 


Deborah Butterfield


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About Deborah Butterfield

Butterfield horse sculpture donated to Figge Art Museum


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  1. These sculptures are absolutley stunning. They are so expressive of mood and form. I have always had a thing for wireframe sculpture since I saw a rhino sculpture made in a similar way to the wire horse above.

    Thanks heaps for putting this online. I am so excited by this work. Wow.

  2. Hi Livingisdetail,
    Thanks for your comment about this wonderful artist. Would be great to actually see her collection.

  3. What a good collection of unique art. Impressive!

  4. Where are these sold, and are regular people able to afford them? They are so fantastic!!

  5. Hi Rebecca,
    Deborah Butterfield sculptures appear to be available at Art Galleries and at auctions.

    This site appears to have information on what is available:

    (If this link does not work, please let me know)

    As for price, there is a mud and straw horse sculpture listed at $63,500.

    Afraid that rules me out. But would love to see her exhibitions.

    • So many horses. Yeah it looks like the value went up. That one you’re talking about is around $100k now. 😀

  6. The driftwood piece (the 14th one down) was not created by Deborah Butterfield -it was created by Heather Jansch. When you compare Butterfield’s to Jansch’s work, you will see that Butterfield is more confident in abstraction. She does not mind describing some of the horse’s forms loosely and poetically, leaving something for the viewer’s imagination to complete. Jansch appears to need to describe every bit of the horse. Each of Butterfield’s horses describes a time period -like the fourth one down depicts when the automobile started to replace horses.

    You are absolutely correct about my posting a Jansch work along with the Butterfield creations. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I have corrected it. Interesting comments and information you included in your message.

  7. All of these sculptures are amazing, but you are missing one. This authentic Butterfield horse sculpture is made from some sort of mude and straw:

  8. I saw one of her sculptures in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah, and believe me, her sculptures are as cool in real life as they are in these pictures!

  9. I first saw Butterfield Horses at the Appleton Museum in Ocala, FL and have been talking about the show ever since. Spectacular! Quiet, but powerful. Couldnt get over the scale of the sculpture. Absolutely love the work and the traveling show!

  10. I really enjoy these Butterfield horses. They are even more impressive in person. I agree with the above post describing them as “quiet, but powerful”. I also like how the following horses are on display right on the streets http://bluele.blogspot.com/2009/06/deborah-butterfields-horses.html . Thanks for sharing these images.

    • Thanks for the link showing these magnificent Butterfield horses on display on Market Street, in downtown, San Francisco. Dramatic setting.

  11. I love the driftwood horses. How are they held together? I know she makes them into bronze, but I would like to purchase one with the driftwood, but I wonder if they are solid enough to with stand wind and weather? jr

  12. I lived in Hamilton for years and only wish I had the thought to see DB’s work while living close to Bozeman. I love your explanation of an animal and a coiled spring or wire. The processes are incredible and TY for sticking to your passion so that people such as I may enjoy your Love,Creativity, and Fun. What a metamorphasis, from straw,sticks and mud(basic); to bronze. TY

  13. I will be walking amongst your fresh herd in Billings on your birthday May 7, Debbie, that always lifts my spirits.

  14. After I saw her vision of a horse here in my neighborhood of Summerlin in Las Vegas I had to find out more about the artist. Wonderful, beautiful work. Stunning! My wife and I visit often when we are out riding our bikes.


  15. Saw this posted on Facebook. I love the horse in both form and character, too, what a beautiful, simplistic way to capture and share their presence.

  16. absolutely Fantastic!!!!

  17. love this artist, amazing, unique, just beautiful!!

  18. How long does it take to build one horse?

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