Joan  Butterfield
"My life is a canvas and I'm painting it in my own style"
About Me
Joan Butterfield is a prolific artist, with her work appearing across North America. She has created over 8,000 works and participated in hundreds of solo and group exhibits. Joan’s pieces are found in homes, civic buildings, boardrooms, galleries and public spaces around the world.
Joan has received accolades in both Canada and the USA, and is the founder and art director for the Association of African Canadian Artists and curator of their critically acclaimed COLOURblind Art Exhibitions. She was from 2006 -2011 member of the Board of Directors for the Scotiabank Caribana Festival and curator of their annual art exhibition held at the Royal Ontario Museum. 
In 1985 Joan turned to the study of the ancient art form of decoupage. Her ability to combine this ancient 17th Century art form with current art techniques has become known as “The Butterfield” technique - a powerful vehicle for inspiring dialogue regarding contemporary and historical issues.
In 1988, she signed an exclusive agreement with Essence Art A division of Essence Magazine which introduced her work to the American public at "Art Expo" in New York City.
In 1995 The Canadian Human Rights Commission chose Joan to curate their Black History Month "Human Rights through Art,” an exhibit that emphasized the importance of human rights in Canada. In September 2000, Joan produced "Pathway to Success" posters, which incorporated images of black children, and distributed them to local schools. In 2001, Joan was invited to participate in "The Paper Trail" at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, an event designed to educate the public on the timeless beauty of paper art.
Matriarch to the community of African Canadian artists in Toronto, Joan has written a book, Starving Artist’s Guide to Riches, and hundreds of articles that encourage and assist budding artists to maximize their talents.
  • Developer and Curator of over 100 exhibits for numerous organizations, fortune 500 companies, and educational institutions throughout Canada and the USA.
  • Guest Curator Royal Ontario Museum one of the largest Museum in the world.
  • Pan am games "Play Me I Yours" piano project.