• Stephen Bush, The caretaker, 1988, oil on canvas, 71 x 61 cm. HOLLBRAND Collection, Melbourne © Courtesy the artist

  • Stephen Bush Steenhuffel Education Resource

  • 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.

    Stephen Bush Steenhuffel Education Resource

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We look forward to letting you know our exciting 2015 program in the new year and remind you that we will be closed for summer holidays from Wednesday 24 December, reopening on Tuesday 6 January 2015.


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