Jim Butler (Séamus de Buitléir) was born in Dublin and currently lives in Cambridge where he lectures in Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.

He takes his inspiration from the urban environment and draws with ink and collage directly on location. His interests range from architecture, streetscapes and the people who bring cities to life, to shop signs, vernacular typography and raod markings. The cityscape collage drawings on this website are made entirely in situ. Alongside drawing and collage, he works across a range of printmaking techniques, developing the work according to medium. His artist's books are hand printed and bound by the artist in small editions and these have been bought by many world-leading collections.

His commissioned illustration work has included clients such as The Guardian, Adidas, Siemens, Doire Press and New Island Books.

In 2018 he won the World Illustration Award for his artist's book "Blackrock Sequence".

Work in Public Collections:


The Tate, London
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
British Library, London

Bodleian Library, Oxford University
Rare Book & Manuscripts Collection Cambridge University
Centre for Artists' Books, Dundee Contemporary Arts
Arts University Bournemouth

Special Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University
Special Collection & Archives, Cardiff University
Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge
Winchester School of Art

The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Huis van het Boek, Museum Meermanno, Den Haag
National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin

The National Library of Ireland, Dublin
Bayrische Staatsbibliothek, Munich

Joan Flasch Collection, Art Institute of Chicago
Yale Center for British Art, Yale University
Kislak Center for Rare Books, University of Pennsylvania

University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Solo Exhibitions:
2022: "In Situ", Frontroom Gallery, Cambridge
2020 : "Pork Scratchings", Flying Pig, Cambridge
2019: "Blackrock Sequence". Poetry Society, London
2017: "Blackrock Sequence", Blackrock Library, Dublin
2014: "What the Butler Saw", Williams Art, Cambridge
2013: "Drawings & Etchings", Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
2012: "Serigraphy, The Art of Screenprinting", Western New York Book Arts Center, Buffalo, New York
2010: "Life Drawings", Changing Spaces, Cambridge
2008: "Lined Paper", Courtyard Arts, Hertford
2002: "Prints & Artist's Books", Art House, Gatley, Cheshire
1997: "Gravures", MacCartan's Café Irlandais, Rennes

Selected Exhibitions:
2023: "Contemporary Printmaking Prize '23", Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge
2020: "ING Discrening Eye"
2018 :'World Illustration Awards", Somerset House, London
2016: "The Masters -Etching", Bankside Gallery, London
2016:"National Original Print Exhibition", Bankside Gallery, London
2016: "Weltbaustelle NRW", Minden, Germany
2015: "Livres d'Artistes: The Artist's Book in Theory & Practice", Cardiff University
2015: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2014: "Cambridge Original Printmakers", Pitt Buliding, Cambridge
2014: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2013: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2012:"Da impressão ao livro de artista". Universidade do Porto, Portugal
2012:"Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2011: "Signs of Lfe, Signs of Change", Galeria Cozinha, Porto, Portugal

2011: "Cabin: codex", Dundee Contemporary Arts
2011: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge 2010: "Signs of Life, Signs of Change", Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2010: "Bitten & Pressed", Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2010: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2009: "Summer Exhibition", Cambridge Contemporary Art
2009: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2008: "Cambridge School of Art 150", Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2008: "Autumn Exhibition", Leys School, Cambridge
2008: "Sitting Room", Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico
2008: "Cambridge Drawing Society", Guildhall, Cambridge
2008: "Sitting Room", K Gallery, Alameda, California, USA
2007: "Winter Exhibition", Wendy J Levy Gallery, Manchester
2007: "Sitting Room", Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2007: "Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open", Menier Gallery, London
2007: "Manchester Artists' Book Fair", Holden Gallery, Manchester
2007: "Sitting Room", The Winchester Gallery, Winchester
2007: "Inkubator", Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop Gallery
2007: "Sitting Room", Permanent Gallery, Brighton
2006: "Winter Exhibition", Wendy J Levy Gallery, Manchester
2006: "LAB 06", ICA, London
2006: "Sitting Room" Alsager Arts Centre
2006: "Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open", Menier Gallery, London
2006: "Manchester Artists' Book Fair", Holden Gallery, Manchester
2006: "Hot Bed Press", 8th Day, Manchester
2006:"Print Open", RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2006: "Summer Exhibition", Wendy J Levy Gallery, Manchester
2006: "Urban Interpretations", Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesley
2006: "Sitting Room", Manchester Craft & Design Centre
2006: "Cover to Cover", RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2006: "Printfest 2006", Ulverston, Cumbria
2006: "9th Contemporary Artists' Book Fair", Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax
2006: "Out of Line", Inspiring Eye Gallery, Manchester
2006: "Winter Exhibition", Wendy J Levy Gallery, Manchester
2005: "Lines and Things", Krobar, Manchester
2005: "Images of Rochdale Canal", Littleborough Art Gallery
2005: "Stockport Open", Stockport Art Gallery
2005: "4th Lessedra Mini-Print Annual", Lessedra Gallery, Sofia
2005: "Dessins et Gravures", Galerie Le Petit Chein, Navarrenx, France
2004: "London Artists' Book Fair", ICA, London
2004: "Bookmarks 2003" Atelier Kasba, Brussels
2004: "Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open", Hotbath Gallery, Bath
2004: "Artlink Feature", Stockport Art Gallery
2004: "Bookworks", Houseroom Gallery, Bath
2004: "Drawing the Line", Gallery 27, London
2004: "Manchester Academy of Fine Arts 144th Open", Salford Museum and Art Gallery
2004: "2ieme biennale Printed Bookmarks Exchange", Charleroi
2003: "Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open", Hotbath Gallery, Bath
2003: "Stockport Open", Stockport Art Gallery
2003: "Printfest 2003", Ulverston, Cumbria
2002: "Dundee Print Open", Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, Dundee
2002: "Dedalus - Bloomsday #1", Context Gallery, Derry
1998: "Exposures", Cornerhouse, Manchester