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Martin Bush [Biography]

Martin Bush

Martin Bush is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the regions leading contemporary abstract artists. As Resident Artist, Martin has just moved into a new Gallery and studio at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard, his fourth space there within the last five years.
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 traveled. 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.

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.
Martin Bush knows he is a man in a privileged position.

A Beautiful Ride

Acrylic on Canvas

Anticipation

Acrylic on Canvas

Blossom I

Acrylic on Canvas

Blossom II

Acrylic on Canvas

Breathe

Acrylic on Canvas

Cycle Ride Cawsands View

Acrylic on Canvas

Cycle Ride Mini I

Acrylic on Canvas

Cycle Ride Mini II

Acrylic on Canvas

Cycle Ride Wembury Point

Acrylic on Canvas

Destination

Acrylic on Canvas

Dreamy Moments I

Acrylic on Canvas

Earths Pulse

Acrylic on Canvas

Fusion Seas

Acrylic on Canvas

Let The Sunshine Ride

Acrylic on Canvas

Life Is For Living

Acrylic on Board

Life's Inspiration ||

Acrylic on Canvas

Natures Energy

Acrylic on Canvas

Pink

Acrylic on Canvas

Pop Life

Acrylic on Canvas

Red Skies Ride

Acrylic on Canvas

Royal Golden

Acrylic on Canvas

Sail Rigging

Acrylic

Summer Energy

Acrylic on Canvas

Summer Slice

Acrylic on Canvas

Summer Swirl

Acrylic on Canvas

Temple Colours

Acrylic on Canvas

The Mood Of Landscape

Acrylic on Canvas

Weeping Blossom

Acrylic on Canvas

Martin Bush

Martin Bush is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the regions leading contemporary abstract artists. As Resident Artist, Martin has just moved into a new Gallery and studio at Plymouth’s Royal William Yard, his fourth space there within the last five years.
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 traveled. 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.

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.
Martin Bush knows he is a man in a privileged position.

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