Edward A. Butler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1948. He showed his artistic inclinations early in life and in third grade became the youngest student ever admitted to the prestigious Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial School. He continued with this formal art education through high school. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art from which he graduated in 1969. He has been painting constantly since then but is only now showing his work publicly for the first time.
We met the artist in his studio in Queens on a snowy afternoon last February. He gave the impression that he was unaware, or had forgotten about our appointment. I was unable to tell if he really had or was just trying to make some sort of point.