Stephen Bush


Born Colac, Victoria 1958; lives and works Melbourne

Stephen 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 the USA. Bush's career has been built on a series of works, each created through a different aesthetic approach but linked by their surreal sensibility. His chosen subjects are diverse and atypical: beekeepers, rubbish bins, alpine scenes, Babar the elephant and men on horses. Like his subject matter, Bush's painterly range is varied and free-flowing. Moving from lurid abstraction to figuration realism, he creates guttural juxtapositions of the visceral and the sublime.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Open the Boxoctosis, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Steenhuffel, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014; VOLTA Art Fair, New York, USA, 2012; Club soda unbridled, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Melbourne Art Fair, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; The Devil Drives, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; Stephen Bush, SITE: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 2007; Penetrol, Goff & Rosenthal Gallery, New York, 2005; Blackwood Skyline, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2003; Overlander, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 1999; A Picture Exhibition, Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, 1996; Claiming: An Installation of Paintings by Stephen Bush, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 1991, and touring to Adelaide and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA.

Selected group exhibitions include: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Sutton Gallery, 2015; Hiding in Plain Sight: A Selection of Works from The Michael Buxton Collection, Bendigo Art Gallery, 2015; Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting, Hazelhurst Gallery, 2014; In Your Dreams, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Marie Celeste, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, 2011; Contemporary Encounters, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, 2010; Wilderness: Balnaves Contemporary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2010; Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2008; Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum, New York, 2008; The Plot Thickens, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004; Our Place: Issues of Identity in Recent Australia Art, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, and Palazzo Vaj, Prato, Italy, 2001; Unpacked, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2000; H2O: A Miscellany of Works from the Kerry Stokes Collection, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, 1999; Melbourne International Biennial: Signs of Life, curated by Juliana Engberg, Melbourne, 1999; and The Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne,1997.

Stephen Bush has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the MCA Foyer Wall Commission, Sydney, 2015, and the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2007. Bush has been awarded the Australia Council London Studio for 2016. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Australia Council's New York Green Street Residency and in 1993 undertook a studio residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. His work is represented in many significant public collections including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; as well as numerous private collections throughout Australia, Europe and USA.


Bush CV 2015

Artwork by Stephen Bush

A Mule called south, 2006-2012

oil on linen
198 x 142cm