When looking at this painting of a view of the sea from the Greek island of Lindos one immediately recognizes the Mediterranean colours; the aqua marine of the sea and the hot, sun soaked pinks and yellows of the buildings. Chris has created this piece working with collage, acrylic paint, and pastel, applying ripped cardboard for added texture. Upon closer observation one also sees the marks scraped into the paint whilst it was still wet and further mark-making has been achieved with the vigorous application of pastel on top of the paint including the light pink on the right building and the baby blue of the sea. In the marks on the side of the buildings there are hints of windows and what could be a water fountain. In the composition he has placed the viewer in an alley with e view to the sea, giving significance to the buildings as well as the seascape.
Chris is well known for his Mediterranean landscapes inspired by the intense light and colours of the region. More recently he has taken to painting Scottish landscapes in his characteristic expressive and textured style. He works from sketches and photographs using a range of tools including as sticks and card, layering and scraping back into the paint to create depth from the closest detail to the furthest horizon. It is primeval and nature-dominated environments which inspire this artist the most, which is why he finds the Mediterranean and Scottish islands alike so appealing.
Chris Bushe (b. 1958 in Aberfeldy) grew up influenced by his artist parents and studied at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1984. He has exhibited widely throughout Scotland and England, mainly in London and also shows his work regularly at the RSW, RSA and Aberdeen Artists exhibitions. He has received many awards including The Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship prize and the Russell Flint Trust Award in 1999. In the same year he was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) and in 2000 he became a member of VAS. He was also awarded the McManus galleries, Arts and Heritage prize at the RSW's annual exhibition in 2003.
With thanks to the Strathearn Gallery for artist information