George Butler is an artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. His drawings, done in situ are in pen, ink and watercolour. In August 2012 George walked from Turkey across the border into Syria, where as guest of the rebel Free Syrian Army he drew the civil war damaged, small and empty town of Azaz. 6 months later he made a similar trip back to Syria to record the stories of refugees in the field hospitals and escaping the conflict. In 2014 he won the V&A Illustration Award and an International Media Award for his work. His sense of adventure and ability to record scenes from life has led him to draw the world over: in courtrooms, on oil rigs, down gold mines. Most recently he has been in West Mosul, Iraq in 2017. His drawings have been published by The Times (London), New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, CNN, Der Spiegel, ARD television Germany, NPR (USA). The Syrian drawings are held in the archive at the V&A Museum.
In addition to illustration in 2014 George started a charity with three friends called The Hands Up Foundation that has raised over £4million for vulnerable Syrians.
In 2014 George visited Afghanistan as a guest of Afghan Connection, drawing the schools, the villages and people that represent so much of that part of the world. These drawings were displayed in the Imperial War Museum North and published in Monocle Magazine.