John Button was born in San Francisco in 1929. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and later taught in Pennsylvania,
Maine, Maryland and New York. Button and his partner Alvin Novak were involved in the early years of the Mattachine Society
and contributed to the formation of ONE Incorporated. However, Button is best known as a Neo-Romantic Realist, "urban intimist,"
prize-winning painter. He is associated with the New York School of painters and poets, known for his treatment of light in
paintings, with urban architectural elements contrasting with large areas of clouded skies. In addition to his works belonging
to many museum collections, he also created a large political mural, since destroyed by fire, with Mario Dubsky for the Gay
Activist Alliance Firehouse in Manhattan.
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