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The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

I was one of 83 artists selected for the 2018 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize held at the Mall Galleries London. This was for the 2017 oil painting 'Would all Remaining Passengers' 100cm x 105cm....

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The Secret World of Drawing Pictures

The Secret World of Drawing Pictures In February 2018, I gave this Open Lecture as part of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Open Learning Programme. Can the intimacy of the thumbnail sketch, raw and untethered reveal secret thoughts and...

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VAS + SSA TOGETHER

I stood down as President of Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) at the end of 2016. I am delighted that my successor Andrew McKenzie has continued to develop VAS with great energy and professional judgement. For the 2018 exhibition, VAS and the Society of Scottish Artists...

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RSA (Elect)

I was nominated to become a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and I was thrilled to hear I was  duly elected in October 2017. On Friday 3rd November 2017, I signed the historic book which has recorded all Academicians signatures since its inception. I...

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Creating Images

'Creating Images' is one of my courses i teach on the short course programme at the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh. It is a course designed for anyone who wants to develop a coherant and personal series of image based ideas for...

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The SKETCH Open Drawing Prize

My 2016 sketchbook was shortlisted for the SKETCH Open Drawing Prize.  My sketchbook along with all other short listed entries were exhibited at the following venues during 2017; 21 May – 17 June 2017 Rabley Drawing Centre Rabley Barn...

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Last 3 Days of Exhibition

'Invasions and Excavations’ at the Open Eye Gallery ends on 6 May 2017. I am immensely proud of this body of work and I have been delighted with the responses and feedback so far. I want to thank all those who have visited the show, sent messages, tweeted and posted -...

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Palette Cleaners

These seven small work form part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. Making very small paintings is not as straightforward as one might imagine. I used to call them ‘palette cleaners’ as I tried to make...

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Battle for the Library Table

'Battle for the Library Table', oil on panel, 2017, 60cm x 76cm 'Battle for the Library Table' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 20 Table tops with a real or imagined kitchen or dining 'still...

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The Sub Terrestrial Sports Complex

'The Sub Terrestrial Sports Complex', oil on panel, 2016, 30 x 46cm 'The Sub Terrestrial Sports Complex' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 20 April – 6 May 2017. I have a strange relationship with sport. My...

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Centre for Life Supported Learning

'Centre for Life Supported Learning', oil on panel, 2016, 60cm x 76cm 'Centre for Life Supported Learning' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 20 April – 6 May 2017. I have worked for many years in what used be...

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Battle for Middle Scotland

'Battle for Middle Scotland', oil on panel, 2017, 46cm x 60cm 'Battle for Middle Scotland' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. In recent years I have got into the habit of doing at least one...

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New Hadrian’s Wall

'New Hadrian's Wall', oil on panel, 2017, 76cm x 60cm 'New Hadrian's Wall' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. Walls, barriers and partitions are a central preoccupation in my work. Those who...

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Cumbrae Court Theatre

'Cumbrae Court Theatre', oil on panel, 2017, 30 x 46cm 'Cumbrae Court Theatre' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. In April 2016, my mum Rose died shortly after her 80th Birthday. Mum was many...

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The Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre

'The Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre', oil on panel, 2016, 60cm x 76cm 'The Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. ‘Patersons Land’ is a University of...

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Poetry Slam at the Proscenium Arch

'Poetry Slam at the Proscenium Arch'.  oil on panel, 2017. 46 x 60cm 'Poetry Slam at the Proscenium Arch' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. The theatre, drama and performance played an...

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Prisoners of the Curriculum

'Prisoners of the Curriculum', oil on panel, 2016, 60cm x 76cm 'Prisoners of the Curriculum' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 20 April – 6 May 2017. In spring 2016 I had some unscheduled time off work which I...

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Applicant Day

'Applicant Day', oil on panel, 2013-2017, 46 x 60cm 'Applicant Day' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April – 6 May 2017. 'Applicant Day' began life as a sketch in early 2013. I had photographed the architects'...

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The Mexican Border

'The Mexican Border', oil on panel, 2017. 46 x 60cm 'The Mexican Border' forms part of 'Invasions and Excavations’ a solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 20 April – 6 May 2017. ‘The Mexican Border’ was the final painting I made for Invasions and Excavations’....

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27 years later…

Photographs by Iain Stewart. In 1990, as a post graduate student at Edinburgh College of Art, I worked in a studio in a converted Georgian townhouse in Inverleith  which had an internal door with a window.  I remember I wrote my name with a permanent marker on the...

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Leith School of Art auction

I have donated my 2015 drawing 'View from Capistrano' for the Leith School of Art fund raising auction  on Friday 24 March 2017!  The evening will be a great opportunity to buy contemporary art, and support their charitable aims.   Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers since...

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A glimpse of 2017

Here is a wee glimpse 2017 work in progress. I have an exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery from 21 April to 6 May...

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FLY2016. The accumulation of small advantages…

Just finished installing my improvised modular drawing called the 'accumulation of small advantages' at Visual Arts Scotland 'FLY 2016'. This will be my third and final exhibition as president and I have to say I have been astonished just how far we have come and much...

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Guest@Gray’s

Looking forward to returning to Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen as Guest @Grays on Friday 25th at 1pm. I was a painting lecturer at Gray's from 1991-1999 and it was my first proper job! I loved it. If you are in Aberdeen on friday 25th and would like to hear me talk...

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Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary – shortlist

'Road to Capistrano' has been shortlisted for the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary. The work will be shown along with the other shortlisted works at the Mall Galleries at the same time as the main Disecering Eye exhibition. The winner will be announced on Thursday 17...

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Two pieces of a much larger puzzle

Latest two images which form part a large modular improvised drawing which all links up. Will show in context later if I can get a chance. So far I've done almost 40 small drawings which started with an observed drawing of Edinburgh's Comminwealth Pool and one thing...

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New website up!

As you can see, this new website was made public today!  Many thanks to Julia Douglas for her sharp clean design.      

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‘Ghostlands’ at Tatha Gallery

‘Ghostlands’ Robbie Bushe, Kate Downie, Ronald Plowman Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay www.tathagallery.com ‘Ghostlands’ examines the work of three artists who share a preoccupation to draw and paint a world which reveal their distinct visual meanderings between...

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W. Gordon Smith Award

Robbie Bushe scoops inaugural W Gordon Smith Award Robbie Bushe, who studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1980s, now runs short courses in the city for students in art and design.

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Comings and goings

Well now I have got that Chichester thing off of my chest in my last blog, its back to a normal blog about what I have been up to. This has been a week of yet more traveling on the train, two flights and another job interview. I have been doing a number of days...

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The Battle for Chichester Cross is over…

Well that is it. All I can do. For now. It is far from perfect and far from what I wanted. But I have been working it to death and today I am calling it a day. Well. until I can think of something else to do to it.   Above are four...

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Just a quick update

I was hoping to have new pictures of recent paintings up by now, but over the last few days I have couragously struggled on with the Battle for Chichester Cross painting. It went from bad to worse as it got more a more confused in colour and tone. However, today, and...

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Back to the old routine

SO after all the excitement of the last week or so, its now back to my normal humdrum existence; swimming, walking, sketching and painting down the studio. I have taken a break from my big Chichester painting as I had lost my way with a bit and...

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Frames, Trains – Part 2

Who would have thought I could get 9 paintings from Hastings to London for a mere £17 on the train and taxi. I was so relieved to get them there safely to the John Martin Gallery in one piece. John Martin seemed pleased with the work, but we shall see if they sell at...

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Frames, Trains and Lancaster

Well - quite a week. Getting all my work framed and also getting up to Lancaster for my interview at the University - it is almost like having a full-time job again. I think I have got too used to my casual lifestyle in Hastings as, as soon as I have real stuff to do...

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a quick blog

Have not blogged for a week or so. No need to feel guilty. Honest. It's not like I have a following who simply must hear about what I am up to. Have had a fairly mixed week since I got back from Scotland. Not got back into any real rhythm in the studio,...

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Back from Stranraer

Well, now I am back from my week-long trip to visit my mum in Stranraer with my sister, Claire and her children, Harper and Mae. We had a fine trip despite the weather being a lot colder and wetter. I wasn't planning to do a lot of drawing, but I ended up...

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Good Day in the Studio….at Last

As I am going to visit my mum in Stranraer for the next few days, I was determined to have a good day in the studio and leave feeling good about my work. So I spent all day just working on my major Battle at Chichester Cross painting, and I think I made...

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A day drawing around Hastings

Not able to face up to getting stuck into my big painting at the studio, I spent most of yesterday wandering around Hastings (after I had posted my job applications) and trying to draw in my book. This of course was entirely diversion tactics as I am...

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Procrastination

Why is it when you get a few days to yourself, instead of getting on with stuff, your mind and body seize up and you can't get round to doing all the stuff you thought you should be doing??? Or is it just me. Or is it just me. It has taken me two days to complete two...

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Let the Blogging Begin

Scottish artist at the crossroads of his life, ditches successful career running a University Fine Art degree course. He needs to paint so he sells all is belongings, moves to Hastings, UK and paints and paints and paints.... Now he needs somewhere to show it and some...

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