Annabel Butler

Barnacles

7 August - 1 September 2018

“I am at work on the second vol. of the Cirripedia, of which creatures I am wonderfully tired: I hate a Barnacle as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor in a slow sailing ship. “

Charles Darwin letter to William Fox, 24 October 1852

Charles Darwin’s yet impassioned letter to William Fox in 1852 was six years into an eight-year obsession of collecting, dissecting and classifying every known barnacle – living and fossil. By 1854 Darwin finally published, stating that over millions of years there had been hundreds of barnacle adaptations from a common ancestor. The small shell was a critical turning point for the ground-breaking publication On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection in 1859.

From her discovery of the acorn barnacle on the NSW south coast, ANNABEL BUTLER curiously dissects the crater like structure, creating a whole series of works in ceramics, constructions, watercolour and oils dedicated to the ancient shells that defined our understanding of the natural world.

A continuation of her exploration of NSW coastline, BUTLER brings the light and colour of the macro landscape into the micro examination of the barnacle within it. Like Darwin there is an obsessive process to the way BUTLER studies and deconstructs the curious form of the barnacle in a myriad of ways. The playful ceramics can be seen as sculptural sketches, as she explores the barnacle in its fullest sense.

Moving seamlessly between oil, screen-printing and watercolour BUTLER deftly deconstructs the barnacle, manipulating tone, colour and repetition until the vessel is reduced to its formalist qualities. What was once a barnacle is distilled and simplified into a series of fragmented still life. An exhibition of exploration and study, this intensive series of the barnacle shares camaraderie with Darwin as BUTLER draws from the micro to express her avid encounter with the coast.

Annabel Butler has exhibited extensively in Australia, as well as internationally in New York and across Europe. Her work features in a number of private and public collections in Australia.



Annabel Butler 2018 The Reunion
Annabel Butler
The Reunion
oil on canvas
92 x 122 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Beach Party
Annabel Butler
Beach Party
oil on canvas
92 x 122 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 The Gathering
Annabel Butler
The Gathering
oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacle Studies #1
Annabel Butler
Barnacle Studies #1
oil on board
34 x 47 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacle Studies #2
Annabel Butler
Barnacle Studies #2
oil on board
34 x 32 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Afternoon at the Beach
Annabel Butler
Afternoon at the Beach
oil on board
23.5 x 30 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles by the Sea
Annabel Butler
Barnacles by the Sea
mixed media on board
20.5 x 25 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 The Gatecrashers
Annabel Butler
The Gatecrashers
oil on board
20 x 25 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #1
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #1
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #2
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #2
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #3
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #3
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #4
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #4
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #5
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #5
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #6
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #6
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #7
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #7
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #8
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #8
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #9
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #9
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles #10
Annabel Butler
Barnacles #10
mixed media on paper
29 x 39 cm
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Annabel Butler
Along the Shore
mixed media collage
19.5 x 12.5 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacles at the Beach
Annabel Butler
Barnacles at the Beach
mixed media on board construction
11 x 22 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Three #1
Annabel Butler
Family of Three #1
oil on board
10.5 x 21 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Three #2
Annabel Butler
Family of Three #2
oil on board
10.5 x 21 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 The Diva
Annabel Butler
The Diva
oil on board
10.5 x 21 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 The Choir
Annabel Butler
the Choir
oil on board
10.5 x 21 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Six
Annabel Butler
Family of Six
watercolour and pencil
18 x 23.5 cm
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SOLD
Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Seven
Annabel Butler
Family of Seven
watercolour and pencil
18 x 23 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Eight
Annabel Butler
Family of Eight
watercolour and pencil
18 x 23.5 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Four #1
Annabel Butler
Family of Four #1
mixed media collage
10.5 x 12.5 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Four #2
Annabel Butler
Family of Four #2
mixed media collage
9.5 x 12.5 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Four #3
Annabel Butler
Family of Four #3
mixed media collage
12.5 x 12 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Four #4
Annabel Butler
Family of Four #4
mixed media collage
12.5 x 12.5 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Family of Four #5
Annabel Butler
Family of Four #5
mixed media collage
13 x 12.5 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Rockpool #1
Annabel Butler
Rockpool #1
ceramic, copper oxide, glaze
8 x 21 x 21 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Rockpool #2
Annabel Butler
Rockpool #2
ceramic, copper oxide, glaze
8 x 15 x 15 cm
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacle Platter #1
Annabel Butler
Barnacle Platter #1
ceramic, glaze
25 cm diameter
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Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacle Platter #2
Annabel Butler
Barnacle Platter #2
ceramic, glaze
23 cm diameter
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SOLD
Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacle Vase
Annabel Butler
Barnacle Vase
ceramic, copper oxide, glaze
19 x 29 x 15 cm
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SOLD
Annabel Butler 2018 Single Barnacle #1
Annabel Butler
Single Barnacle #1
ceramic, glaze
10 x 16 x 17 cm
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SOLD
Annabel Butler 2018 Single Barnacle #2
Annabel Butler
Single Barnacle #2
ceramic, glazes, copper oxide
11.5 x 13 x 12 cm
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For Sale
Annabel Butler 2018 Barnacle Family
Annabel Butler
Barnacle Family
ceramic, glaze
5 of variable dimensions
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For Sale