inspiration

Stuart Bush, Laura Owens

Laura Owens shows what is possible

Inspiring Laura Owens shows what is possible As I walk around my surrounding looking around l notice so many things, like what other artist have done before me.  It reminds me that it is common for a lot of art students when they are starting out, to feel like they are stumbling about in a dark wood. With so many options to make work about, they often have no clear idea which way is forward.   Part of the trouble of being an artist is, after you have some inspiring art, it isn’t that hard to make art that looks good. However, the next problem that often arises is that… Read More »Laura Owens shows what is possible

Stuart Bush Studio notes, Wilhelm Sasnal

The inspirational work of Wilhelm Sasnal

The inspirational work of Wilhelm Sasnal In 2005 at the Saatchi gallery, in the County Hall on London’s Southbank l saw Wilhelm Sasnal’s paintings for the first time in ‘The Triumph of Painting’ exhibition. I remember thinking how they hung in the air, waiting, in the moment, as all good paintings do. Their simplicity and subject matter at first gave little away. The swift beautiful and understated paintings appear to made quickly; prompting me to reflect how a poet laureate finds the right words without a hint of deliberation. Up to this point, I had clearly and naively mistaken time applying paint as a significant factor in a successful artwork.… Read More »The inspirational work of Wilhelm Sasnal

Damien Hirst a thousand years

Life, death and a thousand years

Life, death, art and a thousand years When I stepped forward to observed the flies buzzing around a rotting cow’s head in a rectangle glass vitrine, at the Gagosian Gallery in London in 2006, I clearly remember feeling blown away.  However, when I looked closely at Damien Hirst’s artwork, ‘A Thousand Years’ expecting to see the flies freely feeding off the decomposing flesh and maggots coming out of the eggs in the carcass, it didn’t take long to notice that the flies where suffocatingly trapped in the glass box. They were imprisoned.   Watching those flies has always stood out as a remarkable experience as I quickly realised that it… Read More »Life, death and a thousand years

Stuart Bush Studio Notes, death and art

Everything is abstract

“Everything is abstract, in my language of paint” 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… Read More »Everything is abstract

Stuart Bush Studio Notes, Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol art review

How Andy Warhol used Art to become one of the most impactful artists of the 20th century As I write this review of the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern, the UK, like most countries is in lockdown, and all the galleries are closed. The terrible numbers of deaths continue to rise in the Covid-19 outbreak and the world turns its attention to protect the elderly and vulnerable and finding a way forward.   I luckily managed to look round Andy Warhol’s exhibition before it closed. I have found time to sit at home during a brief pause to contemplate Andy Warhol’s graphic punch.   As Abstract Expressionism was… Read More »Andy Warhol art review

Stuart Bush, Francis Bacon

The influential work of Francis Bacon

How the influential work of Francis Bacon inspired me to become a painter As a young adult, I had lots of feelings that confused me and I often didn’t know how to deal with them, words just didn’t seem to fit. My thoughts and experiences felt on the far side of normal. Often I thought l was the only one who felt this unease.  When I saw Francis Bacon’s work in a London gallery, it was a remarkable moment for me. It was the first time I had seen someone challenge the intense feelings I felt. Bacon depicted the complexity and chaos that was going on around me and inside… Read More »The influential work of Francis Bacon

Stuart Bush Studio Notes, Great souled way

Making a better painting than I did yesterday

Making a better painting than I did yesterday I stand in front of a blank canvas. All the thinking and preparation is done.   Inspiration from direct experience and reference material is in my head. New ideas are no good to me now, my overthinking mind needs to stop.  I have a conviction; to make a painting.  I want to make a better painting than I did yesterday. However, as I stand there, I realise the act of painting is a mystery.   Without hesitation, all I can do is pick up a brush and focus on the first mark.  After that, I am painting.  I like to add a coloured… Read More »Making a better painting than I did yesterday

Stuart Bush Studio Notes, France-Lise McGurn

France-Lise McGurn review

Possessing the beauty of nature – France-Lise McGurn review When I look at a person, like most artists, I look deep. I look beyond the surface to enable me to distil something much more than just a transcript of what I see. Dynamic lines and complex space carefully introduced produce a pleasurable form for all eyes to enjoy. However, in order to take those strokes and lines into a rhythmical ecstasy, out of the frame and across the walls of a gallery space, I would have to learn more than just being able to look.  l would also have to learn more than a rudimentary understanding of the subject matter.… Read More »France-Lise McGurn review

Julian Opie’s art encourages another look

Julian Opie’s art encourages another look It is understandable that as we move through the world it is easy to overload some of the sounds, sights and stimulus.  We learn to filter out aspects of the thousands of images we see that do not relate to our current task.  This means that we can travel and arrive at our destination without realising and remembering how we got there.  During the journey, there may have been people, rolling hills or city blocks.  However, all we see is the vital information that we need to help us when we reach our destination.  Julian Opie takes pleasure from seeing what is being ignored… Read More »Julian Opie’s art encourages another look

Sigmar Polke review, Stuart Bush, contemporary art

The Art of Sigmar Polke – Review

Sigmar Polke tears everything down that came before and starts again It is a common misunderstanding to think that creativity is an optimistic response to life and its single aim is to reflect the beauty around us.  However, if you born in Germany in 1941 in the middle of the Second World War, would you want to paint an attractive still life with flowers?  Everything is a function of where you think you belong, and everything comes back to your identity.  If you had an urge to create an artistic response while growing up on malevolent soil in a world full of angst, would you use the potatoes of your youth? It… Read More »The Art of Sigmar Polke – Review