Framed Gallery
African American Art
Framed Gallery
African American Art

David Buttram

The inner city, with all the urban mystifications, is the backdrop of the artistic works and paintings of David
Buttram. Inspired by the iconic masters of yesteryear, including Van Gough, Rembrandt, O’Tanner and The
Eight, among other impressionist and works of the Ashcan school, Buttram creates images of natural and
man-made objects with vivid combinations of lights, shadows, reflections and colors. Each work revels a
range of human emotion and mood enabling viewers to convey the toil, strife, beauty and peace within.
Capturing the moment within the city that expresses the precious nuances of life, Buttram illuminates the
challenge among his subjects through the diversity of looks and attitudes making each painting a uniquely
joyous celebration.
Buttram has exhibited his works across Northeast Ohio, in addition to locals across the Midwest. Among the
public space are The Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland State Art Gallery, the Karamu House in
Cleveland, and the Kettering Government Center. Additionally, on numerous occasions his works have graced
the Ohio’s Governor’s Mansion in Columbus, Ohio.
A Vietnam veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Buttram is a graduate of the Cooper School of Art and
The Cleveland Institute of Art earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He completed a Master of Art Education from Kent State University. He spent his career as an art educator with the
Cleveland Metropolitan School District where he retired. Today, Buttram continues to create and paint at his
home studio.


  • Good evening
    Oil on canvas
    24x36
    $2,380
  • No loitering
    Oil on canvas
    24x36
    $2,890
  • Rent money
    Oil on canvas
    18x24
    $3,080
  • Sprinkle
    Oil on canvas
    24x30
    $2,590
  • Watermelons
    Oil on canvas
    30x48
    $3,080
  • West 3rd II
    Oil on canvas
    24x36
    $3,080