Stephen Bush


Born 1958, Victoria. Lives and works in the Otway Ranges.

Stephen Bush is a painter who explores modes of representational painting and its history. Known for his use of amplified colour and experimentation with the techniques and processes of painting, Bush reinvents its narrative possibilities. Revision, contradiction and juxtaposition are key elements of his work. Costumed figures often mingle with modernist forms in idealised, hypnotic landscapes. Picturing the tensions that exist between the original and reproduction; old and new; natural and man-made; the arbitrary and rational, are fundamental to his practice.

Bush graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Fine Arts in 1978 and has since gone on to have a prolific professional career, recognised in Australia and abroad. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2007, and the Australia Council's Visual Arts/Crafts Board Studio residencies in Paris, 1993, New York, 2012, and London, 2016.

Select solo exhibitions: Festooned, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; MCA Foyer Wall Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2016; Whipped Foulard, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, 2015; Open the Boxoctosis, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Steenhuffel, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014; VOLTA Art Fair, New York, 2012; Melbourne Art Fair, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Gelderland, SITE: Santa Fe, 2007; Hoevelaken, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2006; Penetrol, Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, New York, 2005; Blackwood Skyline, Stephen Bush: work in progress #5, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2003.

Select group exhibitions: Panorama, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healsville, 2016; Hiding in Plain Sight: A Selection of Works from The Michael Buxton Collection, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, 2015; In Your Dreams, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2012; Marie Celeste, Artspace, Connecticut, 2011; Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010.


Stephen Bush CV 2018

Artwork by Stephen Bush

A Mule called south, 2006-2012

oil on linen
198 x 142cm