Formerly the old village shop and post office, complete with old petrol pump and red telephone box, The Butterworth Gallery at Ballogie is now a 3 star visitor attraction which hosts a permanent display of original artwork by Howard Butterworth and his daughter Mary Louise. A surprising mix of traditional and contemporary, the gallery is run by Howard's eldest daughter Sarah and a warm and friendly welcome always awaits it's customers who come from all over the world, time and time again. This bright, spacious and airy gallery also sells the complete range of Butterworth Studios Ltd. publications. Limited edition giclees and lithographic prints, both framed and unframed, are all available alongside a large selection of greeting cards. Many of these images are also now available as collectors wooden jigsaws and coasters. Situated on the scenic South Deeside Road (B976), halfway between Banchory and Aboyne on Royal Deeside and with ample car and coach space, this unique gallery is an unexpected find in the middle of nowhere!
Born in Rochdale in 1945, Howard Butterworth is a renowned Scottish Artist and has lived and painted professionally in Northern Scotland since 1968. Howard captures the atmospheric light and colours of Scotland in all its moods and seasons as only an artist painting outdoors can. Painting mostly in oils, 'en plein air', his description of his style of painting as "emotional realism" conveys the sense of being in a particular place at a particular moment in time and the experience and feeling of Nature's constantly changing colours and light. Over the years he has painted and exhibited frequently in Scotland and Spain – to where he travelled across Europe to paint the almond blossom each spring. His work has increased in popularity worldwide, particularly his paintings of Scotland including those of native birchwoods, Caledonian pine forests, heather covered moorland and snowcapped mountains with the lively waters and bridges of Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire. Equally popular are his oil paintings and watercolour paintings of the West Coast, historic castles, harbours, and city street scenes. His work spans the whole of Scotland and parts of Europe and Howard's patrons include private and corporate buyers with several works featuring in the Royal Collections of H.M. Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother who closely supported him over the years.
Mary Louise has been painting fulltime since 2004 and is acclaimed for her intriguing night scenes of Aberdeen and well known streets and buildings illuminated by bright and colourful city lighting - a modern reflection of the nightlife in this thriving city. Painting mostly in acrylics since 2004, her subjects are contemporary spaces for reflection and solace both within urban and countryside settings. Her unique night scenes often focus on an element of mystery or intrigue within the scene setting the stage for the viewer to play out a story. In her work she attempts to recreate the hypnotic and dramatic qualities of light, pattern, and form emphasising elements rich in colour, depth and emotion. Embracing the contrast of silence and stillness within a moment with the movement and musicality of light, her innovative use of colour is instantly recognisable and very much in demand. Exhibitions are held several times a year,in various locations and include a range of subjects that have inspired and motivated her. With a large and diverse client base, her work is much sought after by galleries and collectors, making her distinctive pieces a real find.
The Butterworth Gallery allows the opportunity to compare and contrast the distinctive qualities of both artists work. This adds an extra dimension to what is an impressive and captivating display of inspiration and dedication to capture the unique light and colours of the local area for all to see and enjoy. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 11am – 4pm, alternatively contact Sarah to arrange a visit out with these times. With advance notice it is possible to arrange for either artist to be at the gallery to make the visit an even more memorable one.