‘Back Rooms (Rosemount Place)’, Robbie Bushe RSA, oil on panel, 2021, 40cm x 87cm
‘Dwell’ is a body of work by Robbie Bushe RSA exploring personal history and living spaces. It begun in 2018 from an indelible childhood memory of Bushe’s from 1975 in Aberdeenshire. It tells of his childhood, coming of age, loss, grief and adult responsibilities from the early 70s to the present, his paintings allowing us to peer in and speculate those shadows, figures and murmurs from the past.
‘Back Rooms’ depicts a cutaway of the three back rooms of the firs floor granite tenement flat in Rosemount Aberdeen where I lived off an on with my Mum from 1978 – 1992.
Robbie Bushe’s practice centres on the depiction of detailed, suggestive narratives, frequently set within expansive architectonic constructions. Bushe has exhibited his narrative paintings since 1990. Inspired by the characters and the places where he has lived and worked, his work has won several national awards, including the inaugural W. Gordon Smith Painting Prize. Most recently he is a shortlisted prize-winner of the 2020 John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Gallery Liverpool.
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