Stuart Bush Studio Blog, Michael Craig-Martin Sculpture

Michael Craig-Martin’s book, ‘On being an artist’

‘On being an artist’ by Michael Craig-Martin. Michael Craig-Martin’s book titled ‘On being an artist’ is a collection of thoughts and notes that he has written over his career. The book is written in an informal style, making it easy to read.  They range from chapter titles such as, ‘On advice for the aspiring artist,’ to ‘On British attitudes to contemporary art.’  Michael presents an interesting and insightful account of a young artist finding his way into the contemporary art world. Michael Craig Martin who was born in 1941 studied Fine Art at Yale University for Art and Architecture.  In 1966 Michael crossed the Atlantic and started a new life… Read More »Michael Craig-Martin’s book, ‘On being an artist’

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Etel Adnan, Colour is all a painter needs

Etel Adnan shows colour alone is all that the painter needs Viewing Etel Adnan’s vibrant paintings, it is surprising to discover that when Adnan grew up in Beirut, colour only found its way into her home in the form of decorative rugs.  Adnan’s childhood home had no paintings on the walls and there were no art museums nearby.   Nevertheless, she became interested in making art.  Unfortunately for her and us, Adnan was discouraged by her mother’s nullifying comments about being clumsy. So instead, Adnan found her creative outlet through writing.  In 1977 she won the France-Pays Arabes award for her novel Sitt Marie Rose.   Many years later after Adnan moved to America and… Read More »Etel Adnan, Colour is all a painter needs

Stuart Bush, a painting has to stand up by itself

A painting has to stand up by itself

A painting has to stand up by itself Often when a viewer looks at works of art they ask themselves, ‘why did the artist make this?’ However, I believe that understanding the original idea or intention of my work defeats my ambitions for this artwork.  Instinct led me to paint this painting.  A painting has to stand up by itself.  By trying to understand my instincts my aims are never going to be clear. Creativity is instinctive, and it is buried within me.  I’m interested in this part of myself.  I am curious about exploring what I am hung up on.  I’m not in control of what comes out. Braque… Read More »A painting has to stand up by itself

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Life on the end of a brush – Van Gogh review

Life on the end of a brush – Van Gogh review London in the 1870s was an exciting place to obverse people and places. It was overtly brimming with life.  Van Gogh arrived in London in 1873 at 20 years old and spent just under three years as an art dealer’s assistant. Although he didn’t start painting until four years after he left, this exhibition at Tate Britain proposes that London had a significant impact on his art and influenced many of his works. I went along to take a closer look at Van Gogh’s paintings and to see what I thought of the exhibition claims and see life on… Read More »Life on the end of a brush – Van Gogh review

Lucian Freud, Breakfast with Lucian Book review, Stuart Bush Studio Blog

Breakfast with Lucian, book review

Breakfast with Lucian, book review If you have ever wondered what an artist’s life would be like if they put art first at the expenses of relationships, friendships and family. If so, then this is the book to read.  For a few years before Lucian Freud’s death, Geordie Greig the editor from the Mail on Sunday was able to share breakfast with Lucian at his favourite restaurant, Clarkes on Kensington Church Street.  Greig’s book about Freud does a worthy job of sketching out the painter’s hedonistic personal life.  ‘Breakfast with Lucian’ is the story of an adulterous, brawler and rogue with no boundaries or restraints.   This book is written in… Read More »Breakfast with Lucian, book review

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Rebound from a failed painting

Rebound from a failed painting I was taught at school that everything had to be right.  I was encouraged to conform so that when I grew up I would make a good employee. Education was stifling.  I was urged to aim for perfection; however, I was a long way away from achieving that.  Sketching and doodling were discouraged, learning from failure was hindered.  As a consequence, I had no idea how to rebound from a failed painting.   When I started to learn to paint I use to stop, look and make a judgment about my progress. I worried I was wasting my time and making a blunder.  I hated being wrong.… Read More »Rebound from a failed painting

David Salle undresses the role of the artist and writer, Stuart Bush Studio Blog

David Salle review

David Salle undressing the role of the artist and the writer Entering the Skarstedt gallery, I saw the first crowd-pleaser, ‘S.P. Divide’, (2018-19). I feel a little overwhelmed as my eyes darted from one part to another.  The visual strength and energy come from the pace of imagination and the zing of the image.  Looking at the subject matter in the series of paintings I am drawn towards David Salle’s use of illustrative cartoons which contrast with the colourful stripes and jumbled images.  The strips and monotones cartoons create a stark contrast.  I try to make sense of the visual rules, patterns and processes, which l find are reminiscent of our overloaded… Read More »David Salle review

Stuart Bush Studio Blog Tal R Red House, What I see in Tal R's paintings

What I see in Tal R’s paintings

What I see in Tal R’s paintings Tal R’s painting practice follows the traditions of oil painting.  The artist walks the streets in Copenhagen near where he lives and works, looking for people, places and objects that appeal to his curiosity.  He looks for the moment that he feels is slipping away and paints its soul in vibrant and colourful paintings that at times float into abstraction.   Tal’s passion and exhilaration for paint clearly materialise throughout his work.  In each painting, he is learning about the endless curiosities with life and paint.  I see the pictures like a window into the inquisitive thoughts that are bouncing around in his head.   When I… Read More »What I see in Tal R’s paintings

Why do I paint?

The need to make sense of this world through painting began a long time ago. The oldest known cave paintings were more than 64,000 years ago.  Why do I paint? I feel a deep need to communicate something.  Something I can’t put into words. Painting is my way of finding kindred spirits. When I look at art from the past, I realise I am not that dissimilar to my ancestors and painters of the past. Studying art from the past allows me to explore the many different ways that artists saw the world during their time.  It helps me to broaden my perspective and understanding and allows me to see how… Read More »Why do I paint?

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Painter Killed By Critique Of His Own Bad Art

Painter Killed By Critique of His Own Bad Art. Most artists share the same fear and dread, a bad review!  You think it’s all over.  It makes you feel reluctant to share your work. I can imagine the day a museum curator knocks on my studio door with good news, and there is no answer.  The bell keeps ringing…   The curator keeps trying to get an answer until she realises something terrible might have happened.  Eventually, she gains access.  Underneath a pile of bad art, she can see my feet sticking out the bottom.  Is he dead?  Does she run for help? No, she horrified by how much bad… Read More »Painter Killed By Critique Of His Own Bad Art