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Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 11:14 am
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Wild Shores

Chris Bushe RSW, is a Scottish land and seascape painter, whose evocative oil paintings of the Hebridean Isles, the West Coast and Aberdeenshire capture the essenceof the locations to which he is most drawn. Entitled ‘Wild Shores’, his current exhibition is at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

The works are both dramatic and evocative. Chris captures the atmosphere of sea, sky, horizon and where they meet so powerfully, you feel you are there, with the wind in your hair and the sea spray in your face. Born in Perthshire in 1958 Chris grew up in Tornaveen in Aberdeenshire. He studied painting and drawing at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1980 to 1984. Prior to this he studied at the University of Edinburgh reading Ancient History. After graduating he worked for town planners and landscape architects in Edinburgh where he lives and works.

Bushe3Now a full-time artist, since 1996, Chris has exhibited regularly in Edinburgh and London. Such is the high standard of his work he is in great demand and his paintings are held world-wide in public and private collections. I met Chris Bushe at the Gallery’s Private View and found him charming and modest. Of his time at Art college he told me he, and his fellow students were helped enormously by learning from each other as well as from their distinguished tutors, including Sandy Fraser and Joyce Cairns.

We spoke about the different mediums in which he works including acrylic and oil, the latter, to me, produces the most powerful effect. Chris’s own view is sometimes a mixture of both gives a ‘richness’ to his paintings. Most of the pictures are large scale, which adds to the feeling of ‘literally being there’.

Bushe1This is an exhibition worth seeing, which runs until 25 July.

Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Telephone 0131 557 1020,

Opening times – Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm


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