A Butler at work


Tom Butler is a British artist who works with 19th century cabinet portraits, transforming them into funny, surreal or creepy images by painting on them.

Fascinated by the human desire both to hide and to perform, Tom Butler collects memories, thresholds and hiding places and attempts to re-manufacture them in a visual way. His work expresses his natural inclination towards introversion and the opposition of displaying artwork essentially about hiding.

This video on the Photographers Gallery website explains the process: http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/tom-butler