Stephen Bush (Australian, b. 1958)
Pomme de Terre #7
Signed, dated, and titled "Stephen Bush 1998..." in an inscription on the stretcher bar.
Oil on canvas, 31 x 47 in. (78.7 x 119.4 cm), framed.
Provenance: John L. Stewart Collection, New York, through to the current private collection, New Hampshire.
N.B. Stephen Bush creates distinct series of works, each focusing on a particular motif—an elephant, an explorer, beekeepers, farm equipment, and trash cans, among other characters, objects, and landscapes. Committed to representational painting and a student of historical Western European techniques and processes, Bush applies a classical style to unromantic modern subjects. In his Pomme de Terre series, Bush depicts trash bins in shades of green (a nod to the traditional en grisaille technique, but modernized to an acid green color). While the subject seems simple enough, the title does not match ("pomme de terre" is the French term for potato). Potatoes are another of the repeated motifs in Bush's œuvre, and the trash can series resulted from the artist's 1996 residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, during which he drew a potato each day and then ate the potato he had used as his model. At the end of the residency, he threw all of his potato drawings into a green trash bin. The narrative of the potatoes disappears from all but the title of the Pomme de Terre series, lost in the inexpressive, objective depiction of the trash bins.
Frame dimensions: 35 1/2 x 51 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
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