Bluff

Born Colac, Victoria, Australia 1958


Stephen Bush, a contemporary Melbourne artist, has explored a range of aesthetic styles and subjects throughout his career. From realism to combinations of abstraction, expressionism and surrealism, his images employ irony, droll wit and subversion, while interrogating the philosophies of modernism and the currency of contemporary painting.

In the late 1980s Bush produced a series of history and genre paintings, showing bourgeois men in eighteenth and nineteenth century dress placed in contrived, constructed settings. The evident artifice questioned associations of truth and authority bestowed upon the tradition of painting.1

Bush, who studied Fine Arts at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1978), was awarded a studio residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 1993. His work has been included in significant exhibitions in Australia and the United States, including the solo exhibitions: Gelderland, Site Sante Fe, United States (2007); Penetrol, Goff & Rosenthal Gallery, New York (2005); Blackwood Skyline, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne (2003); and Claiming: an installation of paintings by Stephen Bush, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Contemporary Art Centre South Australia (1991).


1 Blackwood Skyline, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Parkville, 2003, www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au.