Stephen Bush

Melbourne Art Fair Stand E14

Art Exhibition previously on at Sutton Gallery in Australia.
From Wednesday 04 August 2010 to Sunday 08 August 2010

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Published by Sutton Gallery on Wednesday 28 July 2010.
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Stephen Bush graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Fine Arts in 1978 and has since gone on to have a prolific professional career, recognised in Australia and the USA. Bush’s career has been built on a series of works, each created through a different aesthetic approach but linked by their surreal sensibility. Beekeepers, rubbish bins, alpine scenes, Babar the elephant, men on horse, his chosen subjects are diverse and atypical. Bush’s painterly range is as varied and free flowing as his subject matter. Moving from lurid abstraction to figuration realism, he creates guttural juxtapositions of the visceral and the sublime.

Selected solo exhibitions include Penetrol, Goff & Rosenthal Gallery, New York, 2005; a major survey exhibition Blackwood Skyline, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003; exhibitions at Sutton Gallery, Melbourne 2002/2006; Overlander, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, LA; A picture exhibition, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York; and Claiming: An Installation of paintings by Stephen Bush, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, touring to Adelaide and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA. Group exhibitions include: The plot thickens, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne, 2004; Our place: issues of identity in recent Australia art, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne & Palazzo Vaj, Prato, Italy, 2001; Unpacked, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2000; H2O: a miscellany of works from the Kerry Stokes Collection, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, 1999; Melbourne international biennial: signs of life, curated by Juliana Engberg, Melbourne, 1999; The Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne,1997.

Stephen Bush has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the International program grant, Arts Victoria, 1999; Studio residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France in 1993; and Project grants through the Visual arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council in both 1988 and 1997.