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Stephen Bush, The caretaker, 1988, oil on canvas, 71 x 61 cm. HOLLBRAND Collection, Melbourne © Courtesy the artist
Stephen Bush: Steenhuffel
Curator: Kelly Gellatly
Steenhuffel brings together works produced over a period of more than thirty years by acclaimed Australian painter Stephen Bush. Like Bush’s painting practice, Steenhuffel is a playful and compelling exploration of the experience of the contemporary painter. The exhibition, which includes a series of new paintings, presents works that characteristically combine adroit figuration and visceral abstraction, and convey a sense of existential questioning, of friction, discipline, and the notion of the sublime. As intended, these works raise more questions than answers. The display of works with shared subject matter or treatment en masse—i.e. the log cabin, the beekeeper, the landscape, the predominant use of a particular colour—offers the audience the opportunity to reflect on the artist’s ongoing concerns, and observe nuance and development, as well as to appreciate the virtuosity within Bush’s oeuvre.
Just opened! Activate,animate, complicate, grow: what new acquisitions can do to and for the collection showcases 22 artworks recently acquired by the University of Melbourne in dialogue with existing works from the collection. Presented as individual ‘case studies’, the relationships between works demonstrate the ways that new additions breathe life into permanent collections.
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