James Busby
Ripple
17 March 2016–09 April 2016 | Dirimart Nişantaşı

James Busby

While James Busby's work at first glance looks like Minimalism, his process has more in common with Abstract Expressionism. Rather than meticulously planning a painting, Busby meticulously adds and subtracts while painting. He applies oils, acrylics and graphite, sands and burnishes the surface, applies some more and sands again, forever revising until he finds the painting in the paint, usually after a long, organic, sometimes tedious but meditative, even ritualistic process executed in part in an unconscious state. As a result, Busby’s paintings are heavily layered and full of surprise and nuance, adding great depth to the smoothness and cleanness that dominate their appearance from a distant. The mystery of both process and result fascinates Busby, who wants to surprise himself and his audience, hoping the work resonates without the viewer exactly knowing why. Making the expected unexpected, challenging perceptions and enhancing his and his viewers’ self-awareness drives the artist’s work. 

SELECTED WORKS
2016, gesso and spray paint on panel, 152 x 127 cm
Bloom
2016, gesso, graphite, oil and spray paint on panel, 152 x 127 cm
Middle Distance Runner
2016, gesso, graphite, oil and spray paint on panel, 152 x 127 cm
Slip
2016, gesso, graphite, oil and spray paint on panel, 86 x 71 cm
Feathery
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