Lewis Buttery is a nationally exhibited artist from Leicester, UK. He was born in 1995 and comes from a working class background. Lewis has always been creative. But, in school, he was planning on pursuing a career in music.
In 2012 Lewis Buttery had dropped out of college and was struggling with mental health issues. He was suicidal and he spent a year and a half out of work and education while he focused on counselling. Lewis decided that, if he was going to live, he might as well live the life that he wanted. To him, that meant dream-chasing. But Lewis was under pressure to bring in an income and he had stopped practicing music.
In 2013 Lewis Buttery’s family recommended that he go to a weekly session for disadvantaged young people, with a local youth arts charity, to get back into music. He went, but he started painting and sculpting instead and started exhibiting as a self-taught artist. In 2014, Lewis applied for a paid internship opportunity with the charity and got it. Then, in 2015, he started doing the same kind of work as a freelancer. Lewis was running art workshops in prisons, youth clubs, schools and on the streets. He spent a few years barely earning enough to live on and had put his own art on the backburner.
Lewis Buttery started a Fine Art degree at Central Saint Martins in 2018. That way he could have his living costs covered for three years while he worked on his practice. It gave him the opportunity to move to London, to network. In 2019 Lewis had his first two London solo shows and did his first artist residency.
Lewis Buttery wants to get to the point where he is doing shows and artist residencies around the world.