Exhibition Preview for Anima Mundi


Anima Mundi at the Bankside Gallery 20-25 November. If you'd like to enquire about any of these works please contact: gbutlerillustration@gmail.com

Part of the exhibition will be on display over the coming months. Dates and venues to follow shortly.



Anima Mundi

Signed prints available, Editioned out 100. £325. Unframed. 594mm x 822mm. Go to SHOP above.

Anima Mundi literally means 'Soul of the Earth' it is the suggestion that because all living things exist on the earth that there must be a connection between them. This is no more obvious than in the migrations that many species make - interacting contour lines on the surface of the Earth.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour


Let the bells ring - Biertan Church
£4900
On some Sundays in Transylvania you can here the church bells ringing. They are being rung to mark the funeral of a Saxon that once lived in the village but moved back to Germany after the war. Over a million saxons moved 'home' over teh last 70 years leaving behind everything they had known in architecture, knowledge and culture built up since 1100 when they first occupied this part of Transylvania.
Pen, Ink, Watercolour and Collage
100cm x 100cm


Afghan Dormitory
£1800
This car park in Belgrade had been commandeered as a dormitory as one of the only sheltered places. The tarmac is now covered in cardboard to try and keep the cold out of the sleeping bags. Many migrants stay wrapped up all day even in the sun a habit that has developed as a result of such uncertain warmth.
Pen and Ink
85cm x 30cm


Cold Wash
£1450
Each morning the migrants boil an old oil can of water outside in the snow to wash, they balance their clothes on one rock and stand on another to get off the icy ground.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
62cm x 44cm


Still Making a New World
£4800
'We are Making a New World' is the title to the most famous Paul Nash painting in WW1. The road into West Mosul reminded me of that haunting picture because of the tree trunks, rearranged by bullets, used as target practise and caught in the cross fire. It's sad to stand here and think that 100 years on we still have the ability to destroy what everything in sight.
Pen, Ink, Watercolour and Collage
110cm x 75cm


Multi Storey Car Park
£3200
This used to be a multi storey car park in downtown Mosul. But over the two days that I drew it it is slowly being demolished. Each morning at 4am these men start work this car park in West Mosul. By Midday it is too hot to work an more. They charge $300 for the use of their bulldozer and the metal is pulled out for scrap. It's the beginnings of an overwhelming and much needed rebuilding.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
100cm x 60cm


Zouhair
£1650
Zouhair is 58, he has worked as a blacksmith in the souk in Mosul for 53 years. And has only missed 18 months during whilst all the bridges were shut and the offensive to remove ISIS destroyed much of the city.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Looking Out of the Back of a Fruit Lorry in Iraq
£2600
All over the world markets are opened by groups of people from another part of the world to bring the familiar to their new homes. London is no exception and nor is the patch of ground beside the main road in Khanke, Duhok. Here the Shengali market has opened and is run by people from Sinjar and serving the Yazidi people who now live here. Obviously, like all stall owners the world over they think their produce is the best quality.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
76cm x 56cm


I Bet You a Pepsi
SOLD
In the bottom of the abandoned school that has become the home for many Yazidi families in Khanke, northern Iraq the men cheerily play dominoes and today they are playing for Pepsi.
Pen and Ink
35cm x 35cm


Nowhere to Go
SOLD
In a warehouse in Belgrade hundreds of young, male migrants burn plastic, railways sleepers and clothes that have been donated trying to stay warm. Most are waiting to be smuggled across the border and on up into Europe.
Pen, ink and watercolour
(44cm x 64cm)


Yazidi Man
£800
For this portrait we sat on the floor of a half built school. Each Yazidi family had a room or a corner in this concrete shell where they now lived. The plight and flight of the Yazidis has been as horrific as anyone's under ISIS. Their intention would be to return to Sinjar and their homes if the security situation became more certain.
Pen and Ink
25cm x 30cm


Desolation Row
SOLD
A lonely figure in the bombed out Al Saraya souk which now lies empty waiting for the circumstances for its customers to be able to come home. The part I missed in this image was that each day at 4:30 the whole of West Mosul would get in their cars and drive back East where they were staying because there were still very few habitable places in the destroyed western half of the city.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 42cm


First Time Home
£1800
Saad and his 5 sons are returning to their home for the first time since the end of the Islamic State offensive. They are unusual in that their home hasn't been destroyed n the cross fire. Just one missile through the roof. They unload their belongings from this truck whilst the road is being dug up to restore water to the street.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 66cm


Playing War
£1400
To start with I half drew this doll and whilst I was finishing the photograph of the little boy who this family had left behind in Syria to go to school, his sister asked whether I had left the legs off the doll because she had lost them in the war. She wasn't upset by this image - sadly, for her, it had become a perfectly normal reason for a doll to only have one leg.


The Wailing Wall
£1550
All along the bottom of the Wailing Wall is a slightly darker line where thousands of people have come and placed their hands.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
60cm x 25cm


Trans, Gaza City
£1650
Nothing highlights the freedom for most people to move than visiting a place where that movement is curtailed. In Gaza City at the time inhabitants were limited to 6 hours of electricity a day. This is a junction named 'Trans' in the middle of Gaza City.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 42cm


A Palestinian Taxi Rank
£1850
A gate between the West Bank and Israel which many Palestinians aren't allowed to drive through so they have to get out walk through and get a taxi the other side.
Pen Ink and Watercolour
43cm x 64cm


Waiting for Something
£1800
Each day, partly through lack of anything else to do but mainly due to hunger - the migrants in the Idomeni transit camp would queue up hours before lunch around a fence built to keep them off the farmers corn. At the very front, amongst the crowd, a little girl smiled at me the entire time. It's her that I remember most about this image.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


Muscle for Hire
SOLD
Each day on this street in Dushanbe men wait around for people to offer them construction work. Many of them have bought their own power tools. And leave them on the pavement with a telephone number and a hopeful note. This queue is a litmus test for the Tajik economy. The alternative is board the four day train to Moscow.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Tajik Train.
£250
Tajiks board a four day train to Moscow.
Photo Etching editioned out of 20.


Bomb Site in Gaza City
£1600
An old bomb site from the fighting in 2014. Here two men clear the rubble and collect the rebar to sell on.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour


A Window into Tajikistan
£1600
A window into a construction site in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Contained
£1500
In these containers live many migrants from different countries across central Asia, they are here to work on the construction sites of Moscow. Sending home remittances to their families. However they are up against the authorities who are arresting, banning and sending home more and more people.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


Blue Benjo Bus
£1550
Around each bus stand, certain goods are sold in bulk. Cabbages, potatoes, rice and water. I've noticed in West and East Africa that if you are going home you always take a present to your mum. It's usually food.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


They All Look the Same
£2700
The Greater Flamingo in Amboselli National Park, They are here in winter whilst the water is high enough but then migrate in the summer to other soda lakes across Africa.
76cm x 56cm
Pen, Ink and Watercolour


Refugees need Fridges too
£1500
Seven years on life in Domiz One refugee camp has reached the stage where a fridge mechanic is necessary, a sign of some permanence. Many consider this their home now, some I spoke to wouldn't go back if even if they could. Here are Layla and her sister standing outside whilst her brother helps their dad mending.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Pushkar Camels
SOLD
Each year roughly 200000 people and thousands of livestock descend on Pushkar for the famous festival. Here is one of the the attendees waiting for a couple of tourists to climb aboard.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


The World's Staple
SOLD
One morning in Yangon, Myanmar I boarded a rice boats down the Irrawaddy Delta. Its job was to collect the rice from the mill and bring it back to market - which it did over the next 24 exhausting hours. These women unload each sack into the mill, as they pass down the ramp they take a stick from the man sitting down. One for each bag. They are paid according to the number of sticks at the end.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 50cm


Rialto Bridge, Venice
SOLD
Defining migration will be difficult this century. Venice's population has dropped from 170000 to 50000 over the last fifty years. Due in no small part to the 55000 people that visit each day. This is the famous Rialto Bridge.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
110cm x 80cm


Zebras,
£3800
Zebras and a single wildebeest in the Maasai Mara
Pen and Ink
105cm x 85cm


Nourhan Jindy
SOLD
In 2014 thousands of Yazidis were caught on the Sinjar Mountains, surrounded by ISIS whilst the world watched on. Nourhan Jindy was one of them. Now posing here with a rabbit. Holding it by the ears in a way it seems she has watched someone else do. It is a relationship with a meal not a pet.
Pen and Ink
30cm x 42cm


Falafel Shop, West Mosul
SOLD
Underneath two floors of bombed out building Mustafa has rented a space with his brother to start a falafel sandwich shop. During the day it serves the increasing number of people and workers coming back to rebuild their city.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
76cmx 56cm


Space is at a Premium
SOLD
Children play on a old water tank platform at the bottom of the hill in Kibera, Nairobi. As I draw, a man called Dan looks over my shoulder holding a hammer. He moved here as a young man in the 80s to 'lift things' - to find work in construction. Now his kids grow up here. He's a big Wayne Rooney fan, but is disappointed to know Wayne doesn't go to church every Sunday. As he leaves he say's "Tell Rooney to go to Church".
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Wildebeest
£2700
Every year a billion wildebeest walk in a circle out of Tanzania across Kenya and back. They are part of the global clockwork that is so apparent in the natural world and it's a movement that has existed on this earth for longer than human beings have. The difficulty about drawing animals is that you can never get close enough and they are never still.
Pen and Ink
85cm x 60cm


A Flock of Kites
£3900
A flock of black kites circles the market outside the Jama Masjid in the heart of Delhi. At the same time thousands of Muslims come to one of the biggest mosques Hindu dominated India and this market serves there needs with prayer books and educational texts. I did this drawing over two days on two separate sheets and collecting the collaged pieces from the market
116cm x 87cm
Pen, Ink, Watercolour and Collage


A Rabbit is for Lunch not for Christmas
SOLD
Anywhere else in the world these rabbits would be pets but in the informal refugee camp outside Khanke, Iraq they are to keep the family going. Its always extraordinary the number of kids running around a refugee camp - and this one was no exception. Rolling tyres, chasing rabbits and playing in the baking dirt.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


Teddy
£1400
These items were collected on the night this family had to leave Syria. The mother grabbed the box she knew the torch to be in. Also in that box were broken lighters, old phone batteries and the remote control. Maybe you've got a box like this? Now their only connection to their home in Syria. They don't have a TV in their tent in the Bekaa Valley but these items are too sentimental to throwaway.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
62cm x 44cm


Gondola Shop

£1900
Apparently one of the most photographed buildings in Venice, the last gondola maker. A new gondola costs €60k.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


Stronger Together
SOLD
Although you couldn't design a worse camouflage for an individual in a pack, in the long savannah grass it is highly effective. It's impossible to know where one animal begins and one ends. The difficulty with drawing is getting close enough, each time I wound down the window the herds would move slowly away.
Pen and Ink
105cm x 85cm


Inside Out
SOLD
I couldn't find an image that would better sum up what West Mosul looks like. Many people left their homes in tact and will return to this. Prayer plates still on the walls, belongings still on the shelves. Its cost $100 to have your house checked for booby traps by the Civil Defence. A cost that is too high for many to contemplate going home.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 30cm


Mouhammed
SOLD
Mouhammed was 10 and followed me round E1, Area C in the West Bank. He wore this old gas mask which would have been used when the Israeli Defence Forces use tear gas to control crowds and riots. This is an area where the more nomadic bedouin populations are slowly losing out to new Israeli settlements.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 42cm


Can you take me to England?
SOLD
As I drew this a little boy came up to me and bet me that he could name any capital city in the world. Obviously a game I love. He got them all correct, and named a few Prime Ministers for good measure. These conversations always end with on question: "Can you take me to England with you?" And there is never a good enough answer for why that can't happen.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 60cm


Always Wear a Seatbelt
SOLD
The Machados Country Bus station is renowned for being fast and furious. It's recommended you have your wits about you, and nothing valuable in your pockets. This is what migration looks like in Kenya, buses piled hire by cartel-esc men in overalls matching the colour of their buses. You don't get far out of Nairobi before you find one of these in a pile beside the road.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Misspent Youth
SOLD
The Tigris river is now infamous for being filthy - sewage, war waste and the bodies of many ISIS fighters have been flushed by it. However, that doesn’t stop the fun that can be had jumping in each afternoon. The heat demands it. The brave amongst these kids also jump off the bridge leading to the old city.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


Look Out Crossing on the Mara River
SOLD
If you've never been to the Maasai Mara to see the wildebeest migration you might be shocked to know that there are as many 4x4s as there are wildebeest. Nearly. They all follow the one in front, mostly without knowing where they are going in an odd mirroring of the migration they are trying to photograph.
Pen, Ink, Watercolour and Collage
80cm x 34cm


Boma Life
SOLD
Migration with their livestock comes more naturally to Masai than perhaps anyone else. Many are now settled in their bomas but they wouldn't think twice about moving to follow the rain or the grazing. These cows belong to Kimoono a Maasai man and are kept inside a circle fo thorns that make the fence around his home. The tiny, tiny footprints in the top right hand corner is where one of the millions of flies has dragged its body out of a splodge of ink.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Sankuayan
£1000
A young Maasai man who wears this elaborate jewellery and traditional Maasai clothing after his circumcision and initiation into warrior hood.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 42cm


The Water Hole
£2200
Sometimes there is a scene that no matter what you were doing you have to stop and draw. This was one of those. I stood under an acacia tree and drew this waterhole. It had been put in to stop the local Maasai travelling to Amboselli National Park for water. As ever it is often the women doing the water collection. They'll be back here in under a week to repeat the process which is so vital to life in one place.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Tents on the line
SOLD
Refugees waiting indefinitely in a transit camp in Idomeni Greece.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 42cm


Signs of Life - Al Nuri Mosque,
SOLD
This is the what's left of the Al Nuri mosque in Mosul, famous for its leaning spire and known as 'the hunchback'. It was destroyed by ISIS when they left despite Abu Bakr al Baghdadi announcing the self declared caliphate to the world here in June 2014. The only new thing on the street is the bright red, shiny take away restaurant sign newly printed next door and leant up against a blown up truck.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
64cm x 44cm


The Old Meets the New
SOLD
Two Romanian men take a a car to scrap balanced on the back of their horse and car. One jokes about sitting in the drivers seat. The hay for the horses is keep in the empty engine compartment and the steer by sitting on the roof. I met them on this back road because they were trying to avoid the main roads and the police.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
76cm x 56cm


Looted by Islamic State,
SOLD
Neshwan Ibrahim, reopened 3 months ago (apr/May 2018). He closed in Oct 2017 because he couldn’t cross the river and then in December 2017 after accusing him of being with the army ISIS stole his stock. He lives in the east with his six sons but works west.
Pen, Ink, Watercolour and Collage
85cm x 30cm


'Fuck ISIS'
SOLD
A message shared by most of the world but written on the dome of the destroyed Al Nuri mosque. I drew Yousef F. Mohamed who was arrested and thrashed 300 times over eighteen days for smuggling officials to Turkey, a charge he admits. He had both his cars and his home confiscated. His home was later destroyed and he now lives in this rented house with his brother's family at the bottom of the once famous leaning minaret known as "the hunchback" but blown up when ISIS left.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
44cm x 64cm


Younis
SOLD
Whilst I drew Younis he explained that he hadn't reopened his shop yet but he travelled in each day from East Mosul to get his spices ready for when the market was busier. He was a kind man, and inevitably tried to give me the spices I wanted to buy from him.
Pen and Ink
25cm x 30cm


Storks
SOLD
In Romania this year the storks arrived three weeks early, only to be faced with freezing cold weather. The public were asked on the news to rescue the storks by putting them in their garages or cars to keep warm. Not often the same reception is given to the other migrants in this world. Here they nest on the top of a telegraph pole in Miclosoara, Transylvania.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
30cm x 42cm


Advertising Homes
SOLD
Lebanon is home to over 1 million Syrian refugees. More than 20% of their population. By comparison Europe has seen an increase of less than 2% in population from migrants. Many of the temporary settlements in Lebanon are built with salvaged waterproof advertising posters . Which means you see apartment blocks, Spanish footballers and beautiful women wrapped around these makeshift homes.
Pen, Ink and Watercolour
62cm x 44cm


Adaptation
SOLD
In camps all over Europe migrants crowd around multi-adapters to keep their life line charged. It is their link to their families and very often their only belonging.
40cm x 25cm
Pen and Ink