Chris Bushe RSW

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Chris Bushe was born at Aberfeldy, Perthshire in 1958 and studied fine art at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. He graduated with a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art in 1984 and immediately became a professional painter, showing his works on an ever-increasing basis in a variety of galleries throughout the UK.

He held his first solo show at the Tolquhon Gallery in Aberdeenshire in 1989 and since then has held successful solo shows on an almost annual basis in London and other selected galleries in Oxfordshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Chris’s work is held in many important collections both corporate and private at home and abroad. These include paintings bought for Murray International Metals, Scottish & Newcastle, Aberdeen Hospitals Trust, Grampian Regional Council, Dundee City Council, Royal Bank of Scotland, University of Stirling, Turnberry Hotel, Centica, and Bulthaup.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years including the Scottish Arts Club Fellowship (SAAC) in 1997, the Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship in 1998, the Russel Flint Trust Award by the SAAC and the Morton Fraser Milligan Award by Visual Arts Scotland in 1999. He was elected RSW in 1999 and became an elected member of VAS the following year. In 2003 he was awarded the McManus Galleries Purchase Prize by the RSW.

For many years Chris was recognised for his Mediterranean landscapes and travelled extensively every year to source material, which was then brought back home to the studio where he worked to capture the particular intense light and colour tones of that part of the world. However over the past few years he has returned to painting his native Scottish landscapes and it these rugged and moody scenes that he brings to our gallery in his first appearance with us.

Chris has a distinctive style that merges the slightly abstract with the representational. His technique is painterly and mature with a push and pull of the subject material being fundamental to his methodology. His backgrounds show a distinctly washed effect with foregrounds applied thickly with hands, fingers, sticks, palette knives etc serving to give rich texture and depth to the overall painting. His use of colour is tasteful and subtle, and his confidence in technique is very apparent.