Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: John Busby – Silent Landscape

Landward Seawards, oil, 1973 (Image © John Busby Estate)
Landward Seawards, oil, 1973 (Image © John Busby Estate)

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[Until 2nd September]

In conjunction with Edinburgh Art Festival, Open Eye Gallery‘s large-scale exhibition Silent Landscape centres on the distinctive landscape paintings of celebrated avian artist John Busby RSA RSW SWLA (1928–2015).

Busby’s avid passion for panoramas and ‘bird’s eye views’ is evident through the many previously-unseen paintings on display. Drawing inspiration from birds since childhood, his lesser-known landscapes have always been at the centre of his art, and his long acquaintance with the surrounding environment allowed deep connections to take root over the course of his prolific career. An extensive collection of these paintings is on show, showing how he explored the relationship between form and content, the shape, colour and compositional energy of these works expressing a deep contemplation.

Coinciding with Silent Landscape, the Gallery’s exhibition of invited artists who worked alongside Busby and who were acquainted with him features works by artists such as Barbara Rae, John Bellany and Victoria Crowe, affording a view of this prolific artist through the eyes of his contemporaries.

34 Abercromby Place

[Image: John Busby: Landward Seawards (oil) 1973 (Image © John Busby Estate)]

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