John Christopher “Chris” Butler
John Christopher “Chris” Butler is an internationally renowned artist and public speaker whose work focuses on astronomy, nature, and maritime subjects. His illustrations are done with a passionate attention to accuracy and fine detail, and have appeared in thousands of publications worldwide. Chris’s sensitive integration of nature and the universe in his paintings portrays the harmony of the universe through unique perspectives that stimulate the imagination very effectively.
A captivating speaker, Chris is widely in demand for his insightful and entertaining lectures on astronomical and other topics, illustrated with his own art. Chris’s unique art and presentation style reflects his diverse experience; he currently serves as a senior art director for planetarium and exhibit programs for the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He has been the director of a children’s science museum, a tour guide on the Queen Mary, a technical illustrator, a representative for a telescope manufacturer, an amateur astronomer, and a financial analyst on the space shuttle program.
Chris also has the distinction of having an asteroid named in his honor – 13543 Butler. He resides with his family in Buena Park, California.