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.
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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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The Beach Will Get Whatever Body I Give It
The Beach Will Get Whatever Body I Give It
Soup of the Day - Wine
Soup of the Day - Wine
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
Chicken Wings Are Life
Chicken Wings Are Life
Why Do They Even Make Unsweetened Ice Tea
Why Do They Even Make Unsweetened Ice Tea
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
Half Full or Half Empty
Half Full or Half Empty
Fat Guy in a Little Coat
Fat Guy in a Little Coat
Wine is Worth the Calories
Wine is Worth the Calories
Meat and Three
Meat and Three
Corn Bread
Corn Bread
Beer Food Fun
Beer Food Fun
Will Trade Painting for Mac N Cheese
Will Trade Painting for Mac N Cheese
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
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acrylic on canvas, 24x19
2019
The Beach Will Get Whatever Body I Give It
The Beach Will Get Whatever Body I Give It
acrylic on canvas, 30x20
2019
Soup of the Day - Wine
Soup of the Day - Wine
acrylic on canvas, 24x19
2019
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
Beer Guts Are Okay Too
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2019
Chicken Wings Are Life
Chicken Wings Are Life
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2019
Why Do They Even Make Unsweetened Ice Tea
Why Do They Even Make Unsweetened Ice Tea
acrylic on canvas, 30x40
2019
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
I Bought Some Skinny Jeans Today
acrylic on canvas, 24x19
2019
Half Full or Half Empty
Half Full or Half Empty
acrylic on canvas, 18x24
2019
Fat Guy in a Little Coat
Fat Guy in a Little Coat
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2019
Wine is Worth the Calories
Wine is Worth the Calories
acrylic on canvas, 24x18
2019
Meat and Three
Meat and Three
acrylic on canvas, 15x15
2019
Corn Bread
Corn Bread
acrylic on canvas, 15x15
2019
Beer Food Fun
Beer Food Fun
acrylic on canvas, 30x22
2019
Will Trade Painting for Mac N Cheese
Will Trade Painting for Mac N Cheese
acrylic on canvas, 30x40
2018
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