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Stephen Bush, Alabaster welcome, 2008, oil and enamel on canvas, 183 x 183 cm. Collection of Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart. © Courtesy the artist
Stephen Bush, Lauterbrunnental, 2004, oil and enamel on canvas, 107 x 183 cm. Private Collection, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Stephen Bush, Type cast, 1998, oil on canvas, 198 x 233.5 cm. Private collection, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Steenhuffel brings together works produced over a period of more than thirty years by the internationally recognised 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 is the fourth in a series of Vizard Foundation Contemporary Art Projects, a creative initiative of the Vizard Foundation which offers artists a substantial opportunity to produce new work. The projects are designed to encourage mid-career and senior artists to take risks and explore new directions in their practice.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014