Liam Butler is a welder by trade. He worked abroad in Germany and America for many years before returning to Ireland. With years of experience in welding steel, copper, and bronze, he turned his industrial skills to creating artistic sculptural pieces.
As a self-taught sculptor he is unhindered by conventional metal sculpture techniques such as lost wax casting. Rather, he works directly in metals, building up each piece directly in wire and sheet. His highly textured sculptures are finished in a matte bright-green verdigris patina. He mixes textures and colour, applying the occasional bit of bright exposed metal to add light and movement to his figurative work.
Liam continues to experiment with recycled copper and verdigris patina to build delightful sculptures, awards and wall hangings. Liam finds inspiration in his immediate environment for his much sought after birds, trees and whimsical human forms. Though he may revisit shapes and themes each work is constructed by hand and as such each sculpture is unique. Though he now lives and works in Galway, his Kilkenny limestone bases are a wink to his Kilkenny roots.
Most recently you may have noticed a change in his work. He has passed on his skills and instilled a love for sculpture in his children: Ronan, Lisa, and Davin. Guided by Liam, each develop their own themes and ideas, but continue to construct their sculptures by welding directly in metal and playing with the cheerful verdigris patina.
The Liam Butler collection at DesignYard includes work by Ronan and Davin Butler. Book your appointment to view the Butlers’ work in person.