An abstract orange painting with a bright blue upside down shape.

Sharon Butler, Baselitz (2021). Oil on Canvas. 45 x 48 in. Photo by Adam Reich.

Sharon Butler makes abstract paintings based on geometric drawings that she makes in a phone app. In a review of her 2021 solo at Theodore Gallery in New York, artist-critic Laurie Fendrich called her work “beautiful and grittily compelling” and suggested that “the future of abstraction will be owned by those who accept a post-compositional approach to their paintings. Right now, Sharon Butler has the best of both worlds.” She has received awards and residencies from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Connecticut State University, Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Pocket Utopia, and Counterproof Press.