George Butler Repotage Illustrator


George Butler is an artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. His drawings, done in situ are in pen, ink and watercolour. In August 2012 George walked from Turkey across the border into Syria, where as an unofficial guest of the rebel Free Syrian Army he spent 4 days drawing the civil war damaged, small and empty town of Azaz. 6 months later he made a similar trip back to Syria (Feb 2013) to record the stories amongst the refugees. These drawings were reproduced by the Times, the Guardian, Evening Standard, Der Spiegel, ARD television Germany, NPR (USA)  and reported on the BBC World News, BBC World Service, CNN twice, Al Arabiya and Monocle Radio. 

In March 2014 he was commissioned by Doctors of the World to record the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon. Again the work was shown on the BBC and in the Guardian before being exhibited at the V&A Museum. An evening that was opened by Richard Rogers and Martin Roth. 

However, his sense of adventure did not start here - since leaving Kingston university, drawing has taken George around the world, depicting the oil fields in Azerbaijan, soldiers in Afghanistan, reconstructive plastic surgery, G20 riots, the New York Fire Department, Asian Elephants, murder trials and even an oil rig in the North Sea. 

Amongst several other London based solo exhibitions in Dover Street and St.James and several abroad in Norway and Myanmar. He has won the Editorial and Overall award for illustration at the V&A Illustration Awards and an International Media Award in May 2013. His work has been exhibited in the Times Watercolour Competition in 2012 and wagain in 2014, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours exhibition at the Mall Galleries, 2008, 2009 & 2011, 2013 where he won the June Stokes Roberts Bursary and the Winsor and Newton Young Artist’s Award.

Recently he has started teaching drawing and has given talks at the Frontline Club, Asia House and a TEDX talk at Warwick University.

"George Butler combines the curiosity and wanderlust of David Attenborough with the delicacy of brush of Audubon, travelling afar to bring back a subtle evocation of fauna and flora and the people he meets in far-flung places."  Geordie Greig, Editor in Chief. The Mail on Sunday.

"We seem to have lost the art of the observational reporter with a sketchbook to photography, Butler's memorable images show that a closely observed drawing is not just worth a thousand words but hundreds of photographs." A A Gill

"George Butler's extraordinarily sensitive pictures of life in all its forms tell us more about the world than most photography can."  Robin Hanbury Tenison


  • 2014 - Afghanistan
  • 2014 - Gyda Oil rig, with Talisman
  • 2014 - Bekaa Valley with Doctors of the World
  • 2014 - Transylvania
  • 2013 - Transylvania, Romania with the Global Heritage Fund
  • 2013 - Nagaland, India. 
  • 2013 - Drug Resistant Tuberculosis - Yangon, Myanmar with MSF
  • 2013 - Syria, Idlib, Field Hospitals and Refugees 
  • 2013 - Drug Resistant Tubercuosis in Mumbai - Medecins sans Frontieres
  • 2012 - Syria, Azaz 
  • 2012 - Turkey
  • 2011 - Port of Essasouira, Morocco
  • 2011 - Madyha Pradesh, India. Tara the Elephant and Kipling Camp
  • 2010 - West Africa, Algeria, Mali, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Gabon, Burkina Faso
  • 2008 - Oil and Orphanages in Azerbaijan
  • 2007 - Plastic Surgery in the Cromwell and Lister Hospitals
  • 2007 - New York Fire Department.
  • 2007 - 24 hours in Marrakech
  • 2007 - Fox Hunting since the ban in 2004
  • 2006 - Afghanistan with 16 Brigade



  • 2015 - Imperial War Museum North - WithDraw
  • 2014 - V&A Drawings from Bekaa Valley
  • 2013 - V&A, Illustation Awards, Syrian drawings shown from the Guardian, G2. 
  • 2013 - The Illustration Cupboard, Winter Show, 22 Bury Street, London
  • 2013 - Solo Show, Illustrator and Adventurer, Illustration Cupboard.
  • 2012 - The Illustration Cupboard, Winter Show, 22 Bury Street, London
  • 2011 - The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries.
  • 2011 / 2010 - The Dollar Street Gallery
  • 2011 - Solo Show,The Elephant Family's Birthday Collection, Portland Place, London
  • 2011 - Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries
  • 2010 - Solo Show,  Drawn to Africa, The Air Gallery, Dover Street, London
  • 2009 - Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries
  • 2009 - Watercolours and Works on Paper Fair in Covent Garden
  • 2008 - Compton Cassey Gallery, alongside Auguste Rodin, A.R. Penck.
  • 2008 - Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries
  • 2007 - Kingston Museum Brill Foundation
  • 2006 - Kingston Museum Brill Foundation

Awards & Prizes


  • 2013 Winner - Coup de Couer, International Prize. Carnet de Voyage. 
  • 2013 Nominated - Myself Magazine, Explore Award - Munich
  • 2013 Winner - V&A Illustration Editorial and Overall Awards
  • 2013 Winner - International Media Award - Breakaway Award
  • 2011 Winner - June Robert Stokes Bursary at the Mall Galleries
  • 2009 Winner - Winsor and Newton Young Artists Award
  • 2008 Winner - June Robert Stokes Bursary at the Mall Galleries
  • 2007 Winner - Brill Competition Bursary
  • 2007 Winner - Kingston University reportage award.
  • 2006 Winner - Brill Competition Bursary



  • Doctors of the World
  • Talisman
  • Global Heritage Fund UK
  • Medecins sans Frontieres - Myamar, India, Syria
  • BBC World Service
  • BBC World News
  • CNN
  • Al Arabiya
  • The Guardian
  • The New York Times
  • The Evening Standard
  • ARD television (Germany)
  • NPR NEws (USA)
  • Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazine (Germany)
  • Der Spiegel Magazine (Germany)
  • The Big Egg Hunt
  • The Elephant Family
  • Channel 4 News
  • Channel 4 Food
  • The Radio Times
  • The Telegraph Magazine
  • The Saturday Times
  • The Times Online
  • ITV News
  • Silverkris - Singapore Airlines
  • Granta Magazine
  • Newstatesman
  • Eureka, The Times