CHRIS BUTLER . ILLUSTRATOR FOR THE QUANTUM TAROT 2.0
Chris Butler discovered the Tarot at the age of thirteen whilst watching a James Bond movie. He was immediately gripped by the strange figures on the heraldically coloured cards and that fascination has remained with him for thirty years.
Chris secured his first job as an illustrator aged seventeen. He entered some of his work in a contest at a TV convention and before he knew it, he was in the conference centre bar discussing terms with a sci-fi magazine editor. He was subsequently commissioned by Space Voyager magazine to illustrate a series of cult celebrity interviews.
From 2002 he has worked full time as an artist and illustrator. He has worked under decorative artist Tony Raymond, assisting on design schemes, murals and trompe l'oeil in large houses and stately homes across the UK and Ireland. Tony was instrumental in encouraging Chris to devote himself to a full time art career and remains a strong influence.
From 2004 he has also worked through the medium of digital imagery, indulging his love of the Tarot and making it his primary influence. Chris learned his digital skills from Ciro Marchetti, the award winning illustrator and creator of the best selling Gilded Tarot. Ciro very generously mentored Chris's photoshop apprenticeship by email for a period of almost a year and he remains as Chris's primary inspiration in this area.
Chris met Kay Stopforth in early 2006 and within a month or so they had begun their collaboration on the Quantum Tarot. The deck was published by Kunati Books in the Autumn of 2007 and is now published in a newly revised edition by Lo Scarabeo.
Chris continues to work digitally and is currently working with Kay on a new tarot project. He uses many of his digital compositions as the basis for large scale paintings and is currently developing an artwork to commission consultancy tailored to interior design and corporate business. He also works as a portrait artist.
Chris also holds a Bachelor's degree in Theology from Heythrop College, University of London and now lives in his home city, Liverpool in England.
Visit Chris at his web site: www.butlerart.co.uk