About

William Bushell was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and received his art education at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and the University of Alberta In Edmonton.

Primarily a painter, Will has since exhibited his work in Calgary and Victoria, BC, where he currently resides with his wife Helen, also an artist. You can see some of Will’s photography and poetry at imageonimage.wordpress.com .

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William Bushell

Artist Statement

My early works were based on or informed by the figure, portrait or human form of some kind. The figure remains present even in the abstractions with the curve of a line or floating shape (probably not recognizable until I point it out : “just there, see”?). I can’t say I’m not influenced by the landscape and it creeps in quite regularly. I suppose the one thing that remains constant is line. It’s more dominant in some works but always there nonetheless. It’s my anchor to everything else. Music is always playing when I work (jazz the favorite).

I was born and raised on the prairies which may explain why I feel so at home on the coast. Big skies and long horizons can anchor me just like the line.

Departure series

The departure series is as much a rediscovery and an experiment as it is a series. A rediscovery of colour and paint that had been absent for some years previous. Purely abstract with a little collage in some of the works as well as recurring shapes seemed to work as it went along. The name “Departure” because it was a marked change from how I had been working.

Juan de Fuca series

The initial inspiration for this series was the visual experience of the seaside. The distant distortions that manifest in the oddest ways. The shoreline, the clouds, the ships and sailboats,

a bunch of kites scratching away at the sky. And the experience is heightened because all of your senses are in overload. But inevitably the working surface dictates what will be. A bit of cut paper from the studio floor finds its way on. A drawn line will always tell its own tale, but all the while the ocean experience is there nudging the story.

Selected Exhibitions

Fran Willis Gallery

Gallery Artists group exhibitions 2002 to 2007

Fran Willis Gallery (Victoria, BC)

“Departure” solo exhibition of new abstracts 2001

Fran Willis Gallery (Victoria, BC)

Gallery Artists group exhibitions 2001

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC)

Art Rental Program group exhibitions 2000

Fine Arts ’98 (Sooke, BC)

Juried group exhibition 1998

Martin Bachelor Gallery (Victoria, BC)

“New Figurative Works” paintings and mixed media works on paper with Eric Bushell  1997

Picture Framing Studio Gallery (Victoria, BC)

First annual Art Crawl, group exhibition 1997

Picture Framing Studio Gallery (Victoria, BC)

Gallery Artists, group exhibition 1997

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC)

1997 Moss Street Paint-in

Okotoks Train Station Gallery (Okotoks, Alberta)

“Pieces” Three artist show with Helen Bushell and Mary Kennedy.  Objects and furniture designed with paint and mosaic (1994)

Triangle Gallery (Calgary, Alberta)

“Interiors” group show of artwork designed specifically for the home (1993)

Muttart Gallery (Calgary, Alberta)

Traveling group exhibition through southern Alberta, Sept. 1990 to Sept. 1992

Mount Royal College (Calgary, Alberta)

Alberta College of Art Alumni group exhibition, Feb. 20 to April 14, 1989

Muttart Gallery (Calgary, Alberta)

“The Individuals” group exhibition (Invitational) Nov. 3 to 29, 1987

Muttart Gallery (Calgary, Alberta)

“Faces from the Other Side” solo exhibition, Mar. 17 to Apr. 5, 1987

Remy Martin Canadian Art Exhibition and Sale (Calgary, Alberta)

Juried group exhibition sponsored by W.R. Mitchell and Assoc. Oct. 1984

Dandelion Artists Workshop Gallery (Calgary, Alberta)

“The First for You and Him and Me” Three artist show with Susan Martin and Hart Downey 1975

Alberta College of Art Gallery (Calgary, Alberta)

The 14th Annual Calgary Graphics Exhibition, Juried international printmaking group exhibition 1974

 

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