About the Artist
Anthony Butts is primarily a self-taught artist, 1977 was a significant year for Anthony, he held his first solo exhibition in Guyana. He was awarded first prize in the National Art Exhibition and Competition and later exhibited his paintings at the first Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) held in Guyana.
In 1980 he designed and layout the Guyana Booth for the International Trade Exhibition in Suriname on behalf of the Guyana Government. Anthony has held several solo and group shows in Trinidad
His work expresses images that reflect the multi-cultural society that encompasses the Caribbean. His themes are drawn from various aspects of the diversity of the Caribbean culture. Anthony uses acrylics and watercolours in most of his work, relying on other materials, such as chalk pastel and ink, to bring out the substance of his work.
Some people ask me, 'What is art?' I tell them that for me, it is a personal expression on canvas that the artist shares with the wider society. It's not static. Like culture, it changes form with the times. Art is subjective and therefore infinite; it's beyond verbal expression, and quietly speaks for itself. My art is my life. When I paint, I paint of myself. When I share, I share part of me, exposed to the world. I paint in a style that best express my "Caribbeanness".