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Freeman W. Butts
1928 - 1998

 

The Freeman Butts website now partners with Art Money, a new, easier way to buy art.  It allows you to hang your art at home and pay over 10 months, interest free.  Find out more or apply at www.artmoney.com.

 

Freeman Butts has been a long time contributor to the KGLT Fund Drive, benefitting community radio in Bozeman, Montana by contributing artworks as incentives to support dononations.  The 2019 Fund drive has many incentive gifts that you can see through this link.  In addition to the artworks by Freeman Butts on the KGLT list you can also use this coupon code for 20% off your online purchase of artwork by Freeman Butts.  Half of the amount you pay will go to KGLT in support of community radio.  This offer is valid from March 24, 2019 through April 6, 2019.  Use the coupon code KGLT2019 to get 20% off any online order.

 

Welcome to the new website for artwork by Freeman W. Butts.  This is an updated inventory of available artworks by Freeman that are available to view, purchase, finance, and frame.  Private views can be set up just for you with artworks you select.  Here's an example.  Feel free to contact us to set up your own unique Private View, with questions, requests, or framing.

 

Freeman Butts [1928-1998] was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He studied on the GI Bill at the Hollywood Art Center School from 1945-1947and had a stint at the Disney Studio before painting in Los Angeles alongside the abstract expressionists of the 1950's. In 1975 he moved his family to Bozeman and then Livingston, Montana where he spent the remainder of his 50-year career as an artist painting the female nude and landscapes. His work came to define a signature language in his direct approach to merge a figurative style with abstraction. His work is unapologetic about the use of the female model and demonstrates his authority on the use of fluidity of line in both figurative work and landscapes. Landscapes were also an ongoing work for Freeman Butts. Supple paint handling was a signature technique easily distinguished through vigorous brushwork and gesturalism found in action painting. Looseness, fluidity of line, and speed of execution found in both figurative work and landscapes characterize all of his work.

His friends in the Montana art community including Bob and Gennie DeWeese, Ray Campeau, Rudy and Lela Autio, Russell Chatham, Theodore Waddell, Gaylen Hansen, and Heidi Oberheide represent a time in the remote regions of the art world that continue to inspire many artists and collectors.  Freeman's work within the community of Montana artists continues to have a great, significant impact for the family, friends, and collectors that remember and own his work. 

Freeman was a very prolific painter and left hundreds of artworks to his estate.  This website is designed to place you in the presence of Freeman's work.  Please inquire for prices and availability.

The work of Freeman W. Butts is in permanent collections of the following Montana Museums; The Missoula Art Museum, The Custer County Art Museum in Miles City, The Hochaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, The Holter Museum of Art in Helena, The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, and The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings.