Martin Bush Gallery
Guard House, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
(Not open to the public. But you can see Martin's paintings on permanent display at Art Source Gallery, ONE, Residence 1, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP and he is available by appointment if you wish to meet him).
3D art - showing a virtual reality artwork (using the Flash plugin).
Martin Bush is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the regions' leading contemporary abstract artists.
Having been a successful commercial artist, how did Martin develop into the world of fine art? In 1997 he sold his business, took some time out and travelled. This was the break he was looking for. Beginning with charcoal then oil, Martin began to experiment with marks; the strokes were quite free and vibrant yet bring together a very powerful and alluring imagery. His emotional journey into art had started. As Martin says:
"The part of me that gives this drive to create has been my life of travel and exploration into different cultures. There are many journeys that make up who I am; my main interest has been the juxtaposition of Thailand and the Thai culture with California and it’s vibrant art scene.
Watching Martin work, you quickly become aware that, as he liberally applies his background colour, he became lost in a world beyond canvas and paint. Martin paints with the canvas flat; scrapers push colour around, mixing pigments as part of the process. More paint adds depth to marks that will bring texture. Boldness and subtlety, balance and harmony begin to appear. The canvas is flipped and viewed from different angles; some areas are reworked adding further depth. As the process comes to an end, highlights may be brought in through small interventions or the dribbling of yet more paint. No matter what the painting looks like, it is impossible at this stage to tell whether it has worked. The drying process changes the nature of the art. Paints fuse, shrink and crack; some colours become dull as a result of the mixing they have undergone. Over a course of days and weeks the work will be examined, retouched, added to and sometimes almost totally reworked."
For Martin, it is only the contemporary abstract style that enables him to truly express himself and add strength to his work. He describes the process he goes through as ‘painting with the sub-conscious mind’. As he increasingly trusts this connection he finds that his work becomes freer. He is able to keep the expression in his work fresh and flowing, delivering results full of energy, colour and intrigue.
1983-86 Birmingham Polytechnic. Art and design BA (Hon's) degree.
1986-2000 Mural and commercial art for many large and independent brewery chains, restaurant groups and corporate customers incorporating murals, chalkboard art as well as graphic work for various breweries and licensees.
1997 Traveled to the Far East, Thailand to discover and develop my abstract painting
From 1997 to the present day I have continued developing and working on my abstract painting and finding influences and direction for my painting.
More Information. Studying in Design and observing our modern world my work aspires towards contemporary imagery and my inspiration is driven by my journey through out my life visiting such places as Thailand to California where I breath in the culture and aspire to these worlds. My palette is often vibrant with energy driven marks and explores personality within. With a free flow marks allowing the paint to develope in a natural and unhindered way new things can happen and the discovery and journey takes each painting to it's own conclusion.
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