Woking, The Lightbox, Bodies! The Ingram Collection, 21 November 2015 – 31 January 2016;
Hastings, Jerwood Gallery, Century: 100 Modern British Artists, 23 October 2016 – 8 January 2017;
Kendal, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Land | Sea | Life: A British Art Collection, 20 October 2017 – 17 February 2018;
London, The Sammy Ofer Centre, London Business School, London|Forward Facing, 2 April – 18 July 2018;
London, Royal Society of Sculptors, Parallel Lines: Sculpture and Drawing, 13 May – 13 July 2019
Throughout his life, the main focus of Reg Butler’s work was the body, which later became exclusively biased towards the female. Butler himself saw his female nudes as being in the same tradition as the ancient Venuses of Willendorf and Lespugue, which are dated to 28,000-25,000 BCE. He was pre-occupied with the female form in motion and explored the impact of movement on the human body. The unusual viewpoint of Figure shows a sculptor experimenting with different angles of perspective, as when a sculpture is sited and viewed by the public.