George Butler is an artist and illustrator whose drawings are created in situ in pen, ink and watercolour, with major focus on travel and current affairs. Butler’s sense of commitment is a big inspiration. In 2012, George walked from Turkey crossing into Syria via the border , and was an unofficial guest of the rebel Free Syrian Army where he spent days drawing Azaz; a small empty town ravaged by civil war.
His illustrations capture environments he communicates via his reportage illustrations, and transports the viewer to such scenarios, evoking the emotion of the plight of individuals within such environments.
In a day and age where photography is abundantly and consistently manipulated, these paintings and drawings engage news audiences for longer, provoking reactions to subjects that would otherwise be lost and forgotten. I draw inspiration from this and intend to let this be a staple within the execution of this project.