Maddy Buttling

Maddy ButtlingMaddy Buttling

BA Fine Art - Chelsea College Of Arts, 2020

Focused on the motif of household pets, and working on a strictly small scale, Maddy’s paintings are made to fit a domestic environment.

Niche references from social media often inform paintings. Screenshots from ‘PetTuber’ videography are frozen into still images through the act of painting. Maddy enjoys the potential of an interaction between the original poster and herself, through sharing her responses online. Holding a unique fascination in internet communities, her portrayals of celebrity pets are sourced from obscure corners of the internet.

Maddy enjoys pitting the natural humour of pet ownership against more poignant aspects of our relationships with animals, how sickness or death can elevate a beloved pet to the level of secular icon. Personal memories of her own past and present pets are recorded with raw affection and honesty. Her pictures aim to satisfy the soul, when no animal is there to do the job.

Awards and residencies:

Nominated for Painters’ Company Scholarship, 2018; residency with art restorer Fabio Mazzocchini, 2018; shortlisted for Pocket Living’s Bollo Lane commission, 2019.






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