Jack Bush (1909-1977)


Jack Bush was born in Toronto, Ontario. As a young man he studied at the Royal Canadian Academy. During the 1930’s he operated a graphic art studio by day and attended night classes at Ontario College of Art. Bush developed his work and approach to abstraction through visits to New York City and Montreal. He became influenced by the American Abstract Expressionists, the ideas of John Lyman and the work of the Montreal artists “Les Automatists”.

From 1953-1960 he was a member of the Painters Eleven group of abstracts artists founded by William Ronald to promote abstract painting in Canada. He was praised and eventually mentored by the American art critic Clement Greenberg. It was Greenberg who encouraged Bush to refine his technique and approach to abstraction which eventually tied his work with the two movements born from Abstract Expressionism; Color Field Painting and Lyrical Abstraction.

Bush is internationally renowned and his work can be found in many of the world’s great museums. Low Sun is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and the collection of the Tate Modern in London, England.

National Gallery of Canada

Works of Art

Additional Information

Low Sun, 1971
Colour Serigraph on Wove Paper
33.5 x 25.3 in (85.3 x 64.1 cm)
Provenance: Nikola Rukaj Gallery

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