David Butler

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
ButlerDavid
Lifespan
1898 – 1997
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Environmental artist, sculptor, assemblage artist
Heritage
African American
Medium
Mixed media
Biography
David Butler was born in the town of Good Hope, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, to a missionary mother and a carpenter father. He dropped out of school to care for his seven younger siblings while his parents worked. He may have made toys to entertain the family, for since his childhood he drew pictures, whittled, and sculpted familiar and fanciful objects for both exterior and interior environments...Butler married a woman named Elnora and worked at a series of jobs—cutting grass and sugarcane, driving a buggy, and laboring in a sawmill, where in the early 1960s he suffered a job-related accident that left him partially disabled. He then bought a house in Patterson, Louisiana, and began to make the tin yard sculpture for which he later became well known.. [Retrieved on 2/21/2018 from http://www.soulsgrowndeep.org/artist/david-butlerP]