Chris Bushe RSW: North
"My paintings are fixed moments in time and place but I do not wish them to seem like frozen moments, so I strive to capture that feeling of being out in the landscape with all its accompanying sounds, movement, smells and weather" - Chris Bushe, 2018
An exhibition of new paintings from the award-winning Scottish artist, ‘North’ takes Chris Bushe back to his roots in Aberdeenshire in sumptuous paintings filled with texture and light.
Born in 1958, Chris Bushe spent his childhood in Tornaveen, Aberdeenshire, before studying Drawing and Painting at Gray’s School of Art from 1980 to 1984.
The majority of the paintings in this exhibition centre on the parts of Aberdeenshire in which Bushe grew up. Comprising of over fifty works in mixed media, collage and oil, Bushe’s evocative canvases depict the rugged landscape of intimate, lesser known places, full of illusive patches of agriculture, rivers, forestry and gorse lands. Also included are a number of larger paintings in oil which echo Chris’ work from his days a student in Aberdeen in the 1980s.
Since becoming a full-time artist in 1996 Bushe has exhibited regularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. His many awards include the Morton Fraser Milligan, Russell Flint Trust, Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship, Scottish Arts Club Awards, the RSW Council Award, the RSW McManus Galleries Purchase Prize, the RSW Fotheringham Gallery Award and the RSW Walter Scott Award. Most recently, Chris has had considerable success at the The Discerning Eye, winning both the Founder’s £2,500 Purchase Prize in 2015 and the ING £5,000 Purchase Prize in 2016. As a result of winning this significant award, Chris mounted a one-person exhibition at ING at the end of 2017.
His works are held in public and private collections worldwide.