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.
Memphis Map
Memphis Map

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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Memphis Map
Memphis Map
West Memphis
West Memphis
TN Flag
TN Flag
Crunk
Crunk
Fireball Of Freedom
Fireball Of Freedom
Joes
Joes
Le Bonheur
Le Bonheur
Love Love
Love Love
Mmm Bloody Marys
Mmm Bloody Marys
Mmm Cake
Mmm Cake
Mmm Corn Bread
Mmm Corn Bread
Mmm Fried Chicken
Mmm Fried Chicken
Mmm Gravy
Mmm Gravy
Mmm Tacos
Mmm Tacos
Caint
Caint
I Like Anything Dirty
I Like Anything Dirty
Memphis Map
Memphis Map
acrylic on canvas, 28x28,
2017
West Memphis
West Memphis
acrylic on canvas, 20x20
2017
TN Flag
TN Flag
acrylic on canvas, 20x20
2017
Crunk
Crunk
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2017
Fireball Of Freedom
Fireball Of Freedom
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2017
Joes
Joes
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2016
Le Bonheur
Le Bonheur
acrylic on canvas, 15x11
2017
Love Love
Love Love
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Mmm Bloody Marys
Mmm Bloody Marys
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Mmm Cake
Mmm Cake
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Mmm Corn Bread
Mmm Corn Bread
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Mmm Fried Chicken
Mmm Fried Chicken
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Mmm Gravy
Mmm Gravy
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Mmm Tacos
Mmm Tacos
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
Caint
Caint
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017
I Like Anything Dirty
I Like Anything Dirty
acrylic on paper, 18x12
2017