James Butler MBE RA RWA FRBS
James Butler was born in London in 1931. He lives and works in a Warwickshire farmhouse situated at the foot of Edge Hill on the site of the first battle of the English Civil War in 1642. He is married with five daughters.
James studied at Maidstone School of Art, St. Martin's School of Art and The Royal College of Art. After leaving art school he worked as a stone carver with Gerald Giudici on architectural sculptures such as the Queen's Beasts at Kew Gardens and restoration work on the Albert Memorial, Guildhall Offices and Barclays Bank.
From 1960-1975 he taught drawing and sculpture at the City and Guilds of London Art School. In 1964, James was elected Associate of the Royal Academy and in 1972 a Member. He has subsequently also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for British Sculptors and a Member of the Royal West of England Academy.
James Butler's many commissions can be seen both in the UK and Overseas, which include such monumental pieces as a portrait statue of President Jomo Kenyatta. The majestic 12 foot seated figure in the centre of Nairobi. His large monumental figurative sculptures including the Rainbow Division Memorial, a pieta placed at the site of the Battle of the Croix Rouge Farm in Fère-en-Tardenois, France; the winged figure of Daedalus, a Memorial to the Fleet Air Arm which stands in the Embankment Gardens in London; the Memorial to the Green Howards, a seated figure of a contemplative soldier, described as 'one of the most moving war memorials of our time'; and the figure of Field Marshall Earl Alexander of Tunis in Wellington Barracks, are just a few examples of his love for the military hero.
In contrast to the towering figures he is so well known for, he has designed for the Royal Mint, the Royal Seal of the Realm, the Jubilee coin and the 50 pence piece, commemorating Roger Bannister's 4 minute mile.
Butler continues to work on commissions with undiminished enthusiasm, and on a much smaller scale, also spends much of his time producing sculptures of children, dancers and female nudes. His wife Angie and 5 daughters are often the source of his inspiration.