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Maddy Buttling
Made on a small scale, my paintings show household pets situated in intimate domestic spaces, observing both the humour and tenderness of the relationship between human and animal. When my childhood dog, Abra, died, I painted scenes of her in our home obsessively. A repetitive, almost ritualistic, practice occurred. I began to examine the idea of memorialising animals – deification through the extravagance of oil paint. Naturally, both the ‘pet portrait’ and the ‘miniature’ can be read as ironic kitsch, but my paintings are authentically sentimental. My practice toys with the painting of animals as a genuine act of devotion.


2017, Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Arts
2020, BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts


2020, Awarded Jackson’s Painting Prize, animal category
2020, Shortlisted for Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize
2020, Shortlisted for The Artists’ Collecting Society Studio Prize



Courtesy of the artist’s website.