School:Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art
Jim is a practising artist with research interests in drawing, printmaking, illustration and artist’s books. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Mexico and across Europe, and is held in numerous collections including Tate, the Art Institute of Chicago and The Hague's Meermanno Museum.
Jim has worked as an artist and educator since completing his MA in 2001. He initially taught in Manchester Metropolitan University before starting at ARU in 2007.
In his illustration practice, he's has been commissioned by international clients such as Adidas, Siemens, New Island Books and the Wirtschafstkammer Tirol.
In 2008, he worked closely with Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle, David Hughes and other leading illustrators to produce a book of drawings to celebrate Cambridge School of Art’s 150th anniversary.
Jim has a particular interest in visual language developed over large series of work. His ongoing research included a series of several hundred collage drawings documenting different cities.
His artist’s books explore a range of themes and have been acquired by a number of major public collections. He sees his practice as being not just integral to research but a means of researching ideas through practice.
In 2018, Jim won the professional books category in the World Illustration Awards for his piece 'Blackrock Sequence,' a limited edition artist's book created in collaboration with a poet. It featured poems based around Jim's hometown of Dublin, exploring the cultural, historic and ecological richness of the suburban coastline, with one of the themes throughout being the idea of the city of Dublin as a palimpsest.
In 2019, Jim's two most recent artist’s books 'Open Ended' and 'Blackrock Sequence' were purchased by the Tate for their contemporary artists’ book collection.
Butler, J., 2017. Opening Times: Carrión ‘s The New Art of Making Books as Creative Stimulus. The Blue Notebook, 11(2) forthcoming.
Butler, J., 2013. The Printmaker and the Challenge of the Editioned Book. The Blue Notebook, 7(2) pp.38-45.
Butler, J., 2008. Cambridge School of Art 1858-2008 New Drawings. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.
Work in public collections
“The Duration of the Page”, Livres d’Artistes: the Artist’s Book in Theory and Practice, Cardiff University, 2015
Keynote presentation, “La Naissance des Images” Illustr4tio conference, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, 2014
“Les Espaces du livre”, Trinity College, Cambridge, 2013
“Observation: Mapping: Dialogue” Drawing Research Network, Brighton, 2010