I love going for walks, and I often take my camera with me. I sometimes feel like a child discovering nature. As I walk, I react to the spaces. I have come to realise that if I look at what I want to express long enough, I can see everything in shapes, forms, lines and edges. These forces leave marks in my mind and l discover aspects that I have never seen or described before. Everything becomes abstract in my language of paint.
I take lots of photographs, they function like preparation sketches or reference material taking me back to that place in time. To that moment, when I got hit by a bolt from the blue.
When I am back in my studio making work, the photographs and the follow-up sketches help me to rediscover the moments. The moments that started my curiosity. I seek to transfer those moments in time, from my head, to my hand and to the brush. In my head an electric storm cloud of nature and human circumstances forms.
I take pleasure in breaking things down into the language of paint. Whether figurative, landscape or some kind of vector of movement. I look for negative shapes and notice the lines and edges in-between. I see it all through this lens of abstraction.
Stuart Bush, It won’t make you happy installation shot
I notice the colours; however, I no longer try not to imitate them. They have to be felt as they pass through my imagination. When I follow my own path with regards to colour, I can heighten what my intuition tells me. And I break free from a naturalist description.
This intuition, this regular activity of my brain, is used to letting go. My brain has become conditioned to see things that I had previously taken for granted. It has changed my view of the world and the way I perceive it. When I go back into the outside world, l want to explore deeper meanings. I search for those chance encounters that pull me down the rabbit hole. Then when I stand in front of the canvas, I jump into that charged recollection with both feet. I grasp the slippery fish between space and time, I feel the need to draw out hidden realities.
Instead of looking at a person or people in the landscape, I look for the underlying human relationship between forms. I take great pleasure in noticing the shapes and forms the world is made of. The formal qualities and negative space are moments of joy. Like the space in a piece of music or a poem.
I have had to practice my art for extended periods. But now it feels like l see more than twice as much as l did before. The world has opened up and engulfed me. I am not always sure of what I am doing, and I have come to realise that is good news. If I knew what I was doing, there would be no reason to do it.
“The biggest mistake as an art student, is to try to learn from an artist example. If you like Philip Guston, you can not learn from how a hand holds a cigarette, the motive from him. You have to learn to step one step further back. To understand the method without figures. How they do it before they do it.” Quote by Tal R. Playing around with gouache paint on paper in the studio #stuart.bush #gouachepainting #lineartwork...
Congratulations to Jenny Saville from London for winning my June print giveaway. The print ‘Just a feeling and not just the truth’ looks great at the bottom of your stairs, on your hall wall.
It was nice to meet you, talk, and chat by delivering the framed print in person. I hope your husbands gets better soon. Best wishes.
It is easy to feel helpless, like we are in the flow of the river. And we are looking for something to grab hold of. To pull ourselves out. This is where I think art can make a difference.
Connecting us with our sense. I hope my print can help to do that. I’m into beauty, but not pretty pictures. I want to make something that rattles you and makes you think. Art on your wall, and this print in particular, can ￼help you to reflect on the moment, and the past and of course the present.
When you look at it once, it hasn’t sunk yet. It takes repeated viewing. When you live with an artwork in your walls and you see it everyday, the artwork slowly reveals itself. #printgiveaway #artprints #framedartwork...
“Free and alone in the maze of the city, the flâneur craves a revelation that might change his life and destiny.” Quote by
Federico Castigliano #flaneur #inthecity #figurepainting painting by #stuartbush...
Reed Hoffman said “if you're not embarrassed by the first project you launch you're too late” I feel awkward and uncomfortable showing these new artworks for the first time. It is still #workinprogress...