Freeman W. Butts (1928-1998)

Untitled Landscape (#6), 1986
22 x 30 in (55.88 x 76.20 cm)
In the early 1980s Freeman covered more surface area of fine art paper than most artists complete in a lifetime. This artwork represents some of his most definitive examples of freedom and honesty in his exploration of the female form. This artwork is on cotton rag paper created from live models in mixed mediums. Frequently working on paper layering many materials, Freeman clearly identified methods of layering to capture a fluidity in his subjects. Abstractions and definition to his figures are captured in these signed, stamped and dated works on paper. Frequently Freeman would work his way through boxes of paper only to return them to the boxes, and to a shelf, and stored, until his untimely death. This painting on paper is from one of those boxes that hasen't been seen since shortly after they were made. His work is part of a legacy of Montana artists from the Bozeman, Livingston, and greater Montana area art community that offered support from artists like Bob and Gennie DeWeese, Ray Campeau, Rudy and Lela Autio, Russell Chatham, Theodore Waddell, Gaylen Hansen, and Heidi Oberheide.
Untitled Landscape (#6) by Freeman W. Butts (1928-1998)