Salute to New York, 1958
oil on canvas
227.7 x 136.6 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 38431)
©Estate of Jack Bush
Just prior to painting "Salute to New York", Jack Bush experienced a breakthrough inspired by the simplicity of his works in watercolour. Moving away from his earlier, energetic Abstract Expressionist approach, he simplified his compositions and focused on colour as a subject. This painting also anticipates a key group of paintings known as the "Flag" series that Bush began in 1962. With the contrast between the colourful areas of gestural brushwork and the flatness of the white, this painting evokes the vibrant energy of New York, a city that was very important to Bush and other members of the Painters Eleven.