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Doug Moran and Archibald Prize finalist, Daniel Butterworth is an established artist specialising in portraiture – frequently using self portraits to express social, political and personal views.



A figurative artist, he uses images of himself in much of his work to express social, political and personal views.


He was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2010 and 2013) and the Black Swan Portraiture Prize (2015). 

"My main subject when painting is myself.


When painting myself there are no expectations allowing me to be free with the paint.


Also at times, through the image of myself, I will comment on social and political concerns - the response that I paint is mine and would/ could not put that on any other than myself."


Using his own image as his primary subject matter, Daniel taps in to a unique political and social commentary.


After painting with oils for most of his career, he recently switched to house paints, allowing for much more freedom and spontaneity in his work.

"Art has no boundaries, everyone can create."


This medium showcases the speed of his brush strokes to indicate movement with the figure.


With a multitude of different colours making up the tonal values and the use of the cardboard markings and paint dribbles, his works show strength, uniqueness and a rawness within.

Having started his working life as a sign-writer, Dan later completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Latrobe University and has been a practising artist for more than 20 years.


Dan works from his studio in Kyneton, Victoria.

With numerous solo and group exhibitions to his name, along with selection as a finalist in a large number of high profile portrait prizes, Daniel is now in demand as a guest artist and teacher in Australia.

Dan opened the 2016 Archibald exhibition in Ballarat and has accomplished many commissions, including several of TV personality and comedian Shane Jacobson.

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"Someone once called me an ‘egotistical wanker’ because I mainly paint myself,” he says with a mild sense of chagrin.

"I paint myself because I am always here,” he explains,


“And the type of work I am portraying is my personal reaction to difficult situations. I don’t expect a model to show the emotion I am feeling about the issue I am addressing.”

- Excerpt from an interview with Lost Magazine

Title: Annie Smithers | Medium: acrylic on board | Dimensions: 245 x 125 cm | Archibald Prize 2016


‘The idea of painting Annie came about when I was sitting around an open fire having a wine with some friends,’ says artist Daniel Butterworth.


‘Conversations started about the Archibald and who I should paint. One friend suggested Annie, a well-known chef in the area, and I thought she would make a good subject. I didn’t know her personally but got in touch to arrange a meeting.


I went along with an idea of how I would paint her but Annie is almost completely different to how I imagined her and I realised my initial concept was all wrong.

After chatting for a while, Annie mentioned that the bottom line for her is that all her hard work ends up down the toilet. That was the start of her portrait.’

Exhibitions and Commission


Finalist in the Kilgour painting prize

Finalist Percival Portrait Prize


Finalist Arthur Guy memorial painting prize

Finalist naked and nude 

Finalist Brisbane portrait prize

Semi finalist Doug Moran Prtrait Prize



Finalist Muswellbrook art prize

Finalist black swan portrait prize

Finalist Alice Prize

Finalist  Blake

Solo show Darling Harbour Sydney

Survivor series Melbourne DAX Center



BP portrait prize semi finalist

Semi finalist doug moran portrait prize



When the black dog bites

VAC Latrobe gallery Bendigo

Ballarat Art Gallery Survivor series Supported Peter Blenkiron 



Finalist Archibald Portrait Prize [opened Archibald when it went to Ballarat]

Art works group show



Semi-finalist for Doug Moran portrait Prize

Finalist for Black Swan portrait Prize

Commission Roma

DMROS open studios

Permanent exhibit at Royal George hotel Kyneton

Art Works Gallery Kyneton 

Little gallery Trentham group show


Finalist for the Paul Guest Drawing Prize

Semi-finalist for the Doug Moran Portrait Prize

Solo show Still naked faces Brunswick Street  Gallery Melbourne

Artist in residency Overnewton 

Mad gallery Lancefield Group show

Selected for travelling exhibition with the Forever Young Choir 

Selected for the DMROS open studios



Finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize

B.S.G. [Brunswick street gallery] group show

Macedon ranges art trail



Commission Boschen

Commission Raybould        

Remain calm stockrooms Kyneton

Short listed Percival portrait prize Townsville 


Commission Powers

Commission Wilkes

Commission Oak ridge winery

Oak ridge winery solo show

I am F.U. solo show Mad gallery Lancefield

Stockrooms group show

Bridget McDonnell Gallery Hampton Solo Exhibition

Taste It Stockroom Kyneton Solo Exhibition

Commission David Pagham

Commission Caroline Chesterfield



Doug Moran finalist

B.S.G. [Brunswick street gallery] painting prize

B.S.G. [Brunswick street gallery] works on paper

Commission -  Davey

Commission - Jackson

Commission - Barber


Commission - Chambers

Commission -  Thompson

Commission -  Davey

Permanent exhibit    Mad Gallery Lancefield



Grief and Loss exhibition Castlemaine Art Gallery

Exhibition- group show   Mad Gallery Lancefield

Stage props for school production

Worked with students from primary school to  produce public display



Portrait commission - Sacred Heart College fundraiser

Mad Gallery Selected artist for Youth fund raiser



Self-portrait exhibition Castlemaine Art Gallery

Commission - Adams



Created the book “I am a lighthouse”

with Matthew Butterworth



“We are in Love” Span Galleries, Melbourne

“Because we Rock” Mad Gallery Lancefield



“The People’s Project” 30 public art projects through out Victoria



“Yeah Yeah” Span Galleries, Melbourne

 Jakarandah drawing prize finalist



“Horizon 01” BHG & S Gallery, Kyneton

Hutchins art prize The Hutchins school Tasmania

Darebin works on paper

Williamstown work on paper

Two faced Span Galleries melbourne



“14 Go” Bendigo Regional Art Gallery

Hutchins art prize The Hutchins school Tasmania

Mornington Peninsula works on paper

Swan Hill print and drawing aquisition

Sibling Rivalry” Span Galleries - 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula works on paper

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