Dwayne Butcher

b. 1977, DeWitt, AR
In the current body of work I am completely embracing these fixed characterizations that are for the most part, true. I actually am a hillbilly from Arkansas with aspirations of integrating into the highbrow art world. Now, I capitalize on contradictions in my pieces that counter my southern masculine roots.
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
Beer Guts Are Okay Too

Dwayne Butcher’s practice centers around his identity living in the American South. Best known for conceptual series of text-based installations, videos and sculpture, he embraces and subverts the stereotypes of his native region-- and that of his own persona-- with immediacy, transparency and due sarcasm. His simple but striking compositions communicate on multiple levels, commenting on the absurdities and contradictions abounding in daily life and the “art world,” while referencing issues around gender identity, classism and politics of bodies and place with the same intent. Although brief and seductive, his messages reach much further beyond the surface gloss of our increasingly digitized world -- that of memes, hashtags, captions, and slogans. They invoke a deeper discontent around established conventions and successfully expose much more than what is seen or heard.

Dwayne Butcher was born in Arkansas and lives and works as an artist, writer, and curator in Memphis. He received his MFA from Memphis College of Art and BFA from the University of Memphis. He has exhibited work in Paris, Helsinki, Milan, Amsterdam, Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Chonqing, China, among others. Articles about his work and community art projects have been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Hyperallergic, Art21 and Big, Red and Shiny; his own writing has been published in the Memphis Flyer, Burnaway and BMore Art. Butcher is Director of Digital Content for Rhodes College, Memphis.

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Beer Guts Are Okay Too
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
Wine is Worth the Calories
Wine is Worth the Calories
Corn Bread
Corn Bread
Cain't No Preacher Man Save Me
Cain't No Preacher Man Save Me
I Heart Boxed Wine
I Heart Boxed Wine
I Heart Chess Pie
I Heart Chess Pie
I Heart Chicken Biscuits
I Heart Chicken Biscuits
I Heart Cornbread
I Heart Cornbread
I Heart Fried Chicken
I Heart Fried Chicken
It's Easier to be Happy When You're Skinny
It's Easier to be Happy When You're Skinny
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Mostly Just Cats
Mostly Just Cats
Keep Memphis Dirty
Keep Memphis Dirty
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2019
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
acrylic on canvas, 24x19
2019
Wine is Worth the Calories
Wine is Worth the Calories
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2019
Corn Bread
Corn Bread
acrylic on canvas, 15x15
2019
Cain't No Preacher Man Save Me
Cain't No Preacher Man Save Me
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
I Heart Boxed Wine
I Heart Boxed Wine
acrylic on panel, 16x12
2018
I Heart Chess Pie
I Heart Chess Pie
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
I Heart Chicken Biscuits
I Heart Chicken Biscuits
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
I Heart Cornbread
I Heart Cornbread
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
I Heart Fried Chicken
I Heart Fried Chicken
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
It's Easier to be Happy When You're Skinny
It's Easier to be Happy When You're Skinny
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
Mostly Just Cats
Mostly Just Cats
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019
Keep Memphis Dirty
Keep Memphis Dirty
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2019

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