Chris Bushe RSW
Born in Aberfeldy, Chris Bushe studied at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen from 1980-84 graduating with a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art. Many artists have inspired Chris but none more so than his parents who were both artists.
Chris has shown his work in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Scotland and England. He also exhibits regularly at the RSW, RSA and Aberdeen Artists exhibitions. His work is held in many Public and Private Collections at home and abroad. In 1998, Chris was awarded The Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship prize at the RSW Exhibition at the RSA in Edinburgh and in the same year, at the Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsman annual exhibition, he received the Russell Flint Trust Award. In 1999 he was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). He was also awarded the McManus Galleries, Arts and Heritage prize at the RSW's annual exhibition in 2003.
In his studio Chris works in oil from a mixture of sketches, watercolours and photographs. The paint is applied in a variety of ways; hands, sticks, card, palette knives and a range of brushes. The oil has a beauty in its texture and quality of surface; it is washed on, overlaid and scraped back. The push and pull of the material is fundamental to the working method and the use of oil paint is as important for its malleable qualities as for its ability to hold saturated pigment.