“Landscape is a medium for ideas.” - Robert Henri
“Whiter than the stones of Stone Mountain - autumn wind.” - Basho
The details in a landscape mean nothing if they do not express some mood of nature felt by the artist/photographer.
I strive to capture internal feelings and the external harmony of the natural world - the passing seasons of life.
The La Cloche mountain range of Northeastern Ontario is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Less than two billion years ago and before glacial erosion, these beautiful quartzite and granite mountains were as high as the Rockies. It is a beautiful and spiritual area on the north shore of Georgian Bay with Killarney Park in the east and the town of Spanish in the west.
Generations of people have been intrigued by the quartzite mountains, crystal clear lakes, windswept pines and abundance of wildlife. The continually changing light and shadows have entranced artists, including five members of the Group of 7, and lovers of the outdoors for centuries.
Jon Butler, a retired newspaper executive, who changed his clothes to enjoy the passing seasons of life has been capturing and enjoying the light of La Cloche for more than 25 years. He concentrates on solitary and contemplative landscapes and atmospheric effects.
The colour, details and shadows seen in his photographs are achieved through the use of camera settings and Jon’s unique sense of light. Jon’s exhibition photographs, except for The Benjamin series, are taken at dawn during the few moments before the sun rises. He uses no additional or altered colour and no digital enhancement. He photographs with 35mm Olympus, 2 1/4 Mamiya, 4 X 5 Linhof and 8 X 10 Agfa cameras.
His photographs reflect years of meditation on the subject matter and they draw viewers into the light of La Cloche. All limited edition photographs are original, manipulative free and in a limited series of 10 or less. The negative is then destroyed.
Jon’s ‘Photo Haiku’ is a form of mixed media combining limited edition photographs and an original haiku written on natural surfaces. A haiku is the expression of temporary enlightenment, in which we see into life and in this case it is La Cloche. Each of the haiku series is limited to five or less.
Private and corporate collections in Canada and the United States have purchased his photographs.
‘The stark beauty of Jon Butler’s Cranberry Narrows was judged the Best Photography.’ - The Manitoulin Expositor, September 15, 2004
“In some of his works, Butler marries sensitivity and composition in a wonderfully harmonious union. A stellar piece entitled Cranberry Narrows offers balance, order, symmetry, and beauty.” The Sudbury Star, February 18, 2006
“The close, even intimate, relationship and depth of feeling between the artist and the art is clear in each of the works. On the whole, the diligence and patience Butler invested in capturing the more illusive moments of nature’s splendor will affect viewers.” – The Sudbury Star, February 18, 2006
Jon, his wife Kerry and son Sam live in Willisville located in the heart of the La Cloche Mountains. Daughter Loren works in the heart of Brantford and daughter Vanessa lives in the heart of Sudbury.
Photographs and photo art cards are available upstairs at Turners Gallery of Little Current, The Art Gallery of Sudbury gift shop, Killarney Park Store and Northwest Trading Company, Espanola.
Participate in your landscape.
Curriculum Vitae - Jon Butler
Solo/Two Person Exhibitions
2004 Cedar Street Gallery, Sudbury
2005 Black Cat Too, Sudbury
2005 Cedar Street Gallery Sudbury
2005 Turner’s Gallery of Little Current - solo
2006 Sudbury Theatre Centre - solo
2006 Espanola Little Theatre - solo
2007 Temiskaming Gallery, Haileybury – Visions of La Cloche - solo
2007 Centennial Museum & Gallery, Sheguiandah – Visions of La Cloche - solo
2007 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto – Visions of La Cloche -solo
2007 The Kirkland Lake Museum and Gallery – Visions of La Cloche - solo
2005 Manitoulin Art Tour
2005 The Deer Trail Studio Tour, Elliot Lake
2006 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
2006 Manitoulin Art Tour
2006 Deer Trail Studio Tour, Elliot Lake
2006 Arta Gallery, Toronto – Timeless Beauty
2007 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
2007 Art of Nature, Green Living Show, Toronto
2007 Arta Gallery, Toronto – Rebirth
2007 Manitoulin Art Tour
2007 Killarney Art Show
2007 The Muskoka Place Gallery, Port Carling
2008 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
2008 Book Lover’s Ball, Toronto
2008 Art of Nature, Green Living Show, Toronto
2009 Artastic Fusion, M’Chigeeng
2009 Willisville Mountain Project, Whitefish Falls
1986 La Cloche Art Show, Willisville
1994 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
1995 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – first place photography
2003 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
2004 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
2004 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah - first place photography
2004 Massey Area Museum Art Show - first place photography
2005 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls - first place photography
2005 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah
2005 Massey Area Museum Art Show
2006 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls - second place photography
2006 Massey Area Museum Art Show
2006 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah - honourable mention
2007 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
2007 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah
2008 La Cloche Art Show, Whitefish Falls – honourable mention photography
2008 Heritage Alive Art Show at the Centennial Museum of Sheguiandah – first place photography
2006 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program
2007 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program
2009 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program