View new works “PARADISE” from IZK Davies at the downtown urban space on Dec. 15 and 16 

(DALLAS, November 2017; source: CultureHype) Butler Brothers Building is proud to host a closing reception for its first-ever Artist in Residence, nationally recognized muralist, street artist and multidisciplinary creative Isaac “IZK” Davies on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. both evenings in downtown Dallas. Davies will show new works in “PARADISE,” consisting of six handmade canvases inspired by the tumultuous relationship between man and nature. Waxtooth Records recording artist Hologram Dagger will perform as attendees mix and mingle over cocktails and h’ors doeuvres and the artist will give tours of his studio space. Butler Brothers Building is located at 500 S. Ervay St., Dallas, Texas 75201. 

“This is an exploration of the natural world before and after humans,” said Davies about this body of work. “Earths raw material resources are the ingredients for everything we produce as a civilization. Paradise is all around us, being created and destroyed simultaneously.” 

Consisting of six handmade canvases, each 7.5-by-7.5 feet, the artist’s intention is to paint the natural world: water, forest, sky, clouds, animals, jewels, flora and more in a collage format. In “PARADISE,” Davies illustrates complex expansive scenes of nature mixed with architectural elements in an effort to show the integral relationship between man and his quest to conquer natural resources. In each piece, the presence of humans is absent, intended to show our role in managing the Earth’s raw materials responsibly. 

“Civilization after civilization we attempt to create permanent evidence of our temporary time on earth,” said Davies. “I am creating this body of work in honor of places that have yet to be disturbed by man in celebration of all that the planet gives us.” 

Isaac “IZK” Davies is a multi-disciplinary artist raised in Dallas-Fort Worth who’s originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born to a family of creatives and at an early age was introduced to drawing, painting, murals and design. Over the course of the past 20 years he has developed himself as a nationally recognized muralist and street artist. Specializing in portraiture and hyper realism he has worked with brand name corporations as well as local community organizations across America. He was the first to teach street art at the Dallas Museum of Art and also helped found the "fabrication yard", a 24-hour legal outdoor space for graffiti artists. 

“Our Artist in Residence program is an integral and deliberate part of the lifestyle brand that we created for the Butler Brothers Building,” said Nile Tuzun, creative director of design and branding. “Its purpose is to open our doors to our community and to give local Dallas artists a place to showcase their work and to educate.” 

For more information about the artist, please visit http://artizk.com/. 

Announced in the spring and chosen by Davies will be his predecessor, Butler Brother Building’s next Artist in Residence. The soon-to-be announced artist will live rent-free in a unit downtown with a view for several months as they create a new body of work during their residency. 

About Butler Brothers Building:

A downtown sanctuary for an urban-dwelling creative, Butler Brothers Building is not your average apartment complex. Built in 1910, the building was anchored in commerce and industry, serving as a mercantile warehouse for Chicago-based Butler Brothers & Co. under the mantles of the Ben Franklin five-and-dime franchise and later the Dallas Merchandise Mart. Its last iteration was that of office space for city employees and local businesses. This industrious momentum was lost for nearly four decades during which time the building was abandoned. What may seem like a loss was viewed as an opportunity for a renaissance by Alterra International, the building’s developer. Alterra International proudly converted this outstanding property into a space for forward thinking and creative living, carrying the torch into the future for prosperity and positive change for the downtown Dallas community. 

Its brand identity is unique to the Big D and a welcome departure from the cookie-cutter housing that sprawls the city. Opened in December of 2016, the 238-unit apartment community faces Dallas City Hall on South Ervay St. and boasts downtown Dallas views with modern industrial accents. For those looking for an extraordinary lifestyle, the building offers a stunning hotel-inspired lobby, pool with private cabanas, expansive sundeck with gourmet outdoor kitchen, in-room dining, professional service for four legged friends, garment cleaning and a dedicated 24/7 concierge service. The innovative space offers unrivaled amenities including a yoga studio, game room, music studio, cinema, art studio, karaoke room and more. The residences at the Butler Brothers Building have revitalized the urban fabric of downtown Dallas living. For more information about the Butler Brothers Building, please visit www.butlerbrothersbuilding.com.   


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