JACK HAMILTON BUSH, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
ON AN ORANGE GROUND
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘58
15 ins x 20 ins; 38.1 cms x 50.8 cms
In the mid-fifties, Bush struggled to find a more authentic voice for himself and experimented with various approaches to painting, none of which proved uniformly satisfactory until 1957 when he was visited by Clement Greenberg, the New York critic. To Marc Mayer, Greenberg was perhaps the most useful friend that an ambitious artist like Bush could wish for. Shortly after this seminal meeting, Bush embarked on a path that would lead him to produce some of his best works to date. This lot, which dates to 1958, represents a pivotal moment in Bush's creative arc.
Marc Mayer and Sarah Stanners, Jack Bush, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2014, page 20.
The Park Gallery, Toronto
By descent to the present owner
Private Collection, Lake of Bays, Ontario