Benjamin Butler is not only interested in the content of the recurring motif of trees, which he seizes, modifies and abstracts in his paintings. It serves rather as a broadly defined metaphor. His depictions of trees play with formal possibilities and evoke associations with art movements such as Impressionism, Modernism, Pop Art and Minimal Art. However, Butler does not quote what is tested and established in art history; he sounds out and questions the boundaries of art and decoration. “Take him as an abstractionist or as a representationalist, his art is good either way. Whether you see him as a detached and canny commentator on art history and the vicissitudes of its styles and conventions or as an almost naïve sensualist intoxicated with the fluidity of paint and the beauty of color, the work proves you right.” (Barry Schwabsky)