Stuart BuSh Studio notes, Tracey Emin art

Tracey Emin, ‘A Fortnight of Tears,’ review

Tracey Emin, ‘A Fortnight of Tears,’ exhibition review Tracey Emin’s career was made on ‘My bed’ (1998) and ‘Everyone I have Ever Slept with 1963-1995’ (1995).  Other career highlights include Charles Saatchi’s ‘Sensations’ exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997, her Turner Prize nominee in 1999, and her large retrospective at the Hayward Gallery in 2011.  Emin’s reputation has been founded on not only making upfront work and disclosures documenting her colourful life but also for her mastery and skill with a brush in her hand.  I went to her latest show at the White Cube in Bermondsey titled ‘A Fortnight of Tears,’ to see if Emin, now that she is 55 and a Royal Academician,… Read More »Tracey Emin, ‘A Fortnight of Tears,’ review

The ultimate experience - Crashing Wave, Mary Heilmann, Stuart Bush Studio Blog

The ultimate experience, Mary Heilmann

The ultimate experience – Crashing Wave by Mary Heilmann At the Whitechapel Gallery in 2016, many thoughts rushed through my mind the first time I saw the painting ‘Crashing Wave (2011)’ by Mary Heilmann.  As I looked at the painting it evoked a special moment.  I remember being out on my bodyboard on Manly beach, Australia, at complete peace with my surroundings.  The air was crisp, and the sun was bright as I pitched forward. I kicked with my flippers while paddling hard with my hands as I took off down into a crystal clear barrel wave. I rode the perfect wave, a foaming mass of white water.  The ultimate experience!  … Read More »The ultimate experience, Mary Heilmann

I love my work more than what it produces

I love my work more than what it produces

I love my work more than what it produces. I am happiest when I realise that there is something to investigate, something that doesn’t quite fit.  I love the slow development of an idea.  The slow convergence of thoughts that often come after a period of incubation. l realise then that there is a problem worth tackling, a problem that is going to become my muse.  It is exciting to think that possibly, this concept hasn’t occurred to anyone else.  If it has occurred to someone before me, they will likely approach it in a completely different way.   I love going deeper, I just follow my hunch and allow… Read More »I love my work more than what it produces

Stuart Bush Studio Notes, creative freedom

It takes discipline to have creative freedom

It takes discipline to have creative freedom I crave for life without physical, mental or financial constraints.  It has been my intention not to have limits on what I do, what I say or how I spend my time.  I want to make what I want when I want.  One of the attractions of being an artist is the concept of free expression.  However, our culture often wires us up to do what is safe and sensible.  In my experience, it takes discipline to have creative freedom.   Commercial art is a good, sensible way of making a living from art.  It has a project outline, a list of do’s and don’ts and… Read More »It takes discipline to have creative freedom

Stuart Bush Studio notes, Anni Albers review

Anni Albers weaves her magic

Anni Albers at Tate Modern (11 October 2018 – 27 January 2019) There was clearly was a buzz in the room when I entered the show at the Tate Modern. It was Saturday afternoon and the show was packed with inquisitive faces.  Anni Alber’s exhibition was arranged to highlight her life’s work and show how her ambitious ideas started.  The ancient craft of weaving portrays the potential to impact peoples lives with beauty and functionality on its own terms. Textiles are at the heart of many cultures and this knowledge is passed on through the generations.  In this exhibition, Anni Albers weaves her magic, by combining the attitude of the… Read More »Anni Albers weaves her magic

Stuart Bush Studio Blog Franz Kline

The inspirational work of Franz Kline

The Inspirational work of Franz Kline Franz Kline’s art was based on personal vision and inner thoughts, influenced by what he saw around him; the streets of New York and Jazz Music. Abstract painting and Jazz music without words suggests a profound correlation with the way people experience the city.  Each painting had its own rhythm. Line, colour and form were influenced by melody, harmony and rhythm like in the free jazz compositions of Miles Davis.  The paintings reflected the streets.  When looking at a Kline painting you have a unique sense that they go deeper and beyond the surface.   The first time I saw the inspirational work of Franz Kline was… Read More »The inspirational work of Franz Kline

Stuart Bush Studio Blog, I needed to find my new painting in my last painting

My new painting in my last painting

I needed to find my new painting in my last painting When I started out and sought to develop my work into an artistic practice I often used to get very frustrated and disappointed when I felt I had made an unsuccessful work of art.  As the piece was near completion judgemental voices in my head would take over saying, “this isn’t good enough,” “you’re not good enough” and “you’re never going to make a go of this”.  But over time I have learnt that I need to find my new painting in my last painting.   After a bad day in the studio, I use to stare at the canvas.  I… Read More »My new painting in my last painting

Stuart Bush Studio, paintings for sale, Isle D'Hollander, In and out abstraction

Isle D’Hollander – in and out of abstraction

In and Out of Abstraction There is something very solitary about Isle D’Hollander’s art. She paints modest and subtle paintings that float in and out of abstraction.  In this review of her exhibition at Victoria Miro in Mayfair, I want to discuss her work as she immerses herself in the now, and interpret the open questions she asks through painting.   D’Hollander’s paintings are like a form of mediation with the Belgian landscape; as she tries to capture aspects of the illusion we see.  The uncomplicated studies are painted from memory after long walks and cycle rides.  They have a tranquillity resembling the gently, rolling, green landscape. They are instruction us to be… Read More »Isle D’Hollander – in and out of abstraction

Stuart Bush Studio notes, Alex Katz

What I have learnt from Alex Katz

What I learnt from Alex Katz On first impressions, Alex Katz’s work appears to be about people and daily life. However, it doesn’t take long to realise that the subject matter is just the outermost boundary of the painting and Katz has a lot more on offer in his paintings.  In 1973, Alex Katz had his first exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York.  At the same time, Abstract Expressionism was riding a wave of popularity in New York.  Katz believed and trusted that what he was interested in was of substance and significance, even though it went against the grain.  Katz focuses on ordinary, everyday life as a subject, but… Read More »What I have learnt from Alex Katz

Stuart Bush Studio notes, typical day as a painter

My typical day as a painter

My typical day as a painter starts with waking up between 5 and 6:30 am.   I have a clear head in the morning and I have learnt to appreciate this early start as it allows me to exercise, meditate, write in my journal and catch up with any writing l have to do.   Everyone else in the house is up by 7:00 and then l enjoy spending quality time with the family.  I help my boys with their homework and get them ready for school. I really appreciate these enjoyable family moments.  I look forward to the short walk to school.  On the way back I have the opportunity to remind… Read More »My typical day as a painter