Jack Bush

13 Nov 2014 - 22 Feb 2015

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Distinguished as one of Canada’s first artists to achieve international recognition, Jack Bush’s life (1909–1977) is a fascinating story of a mid-century commercial artist turned abstract painter. His paintings trace a journey toward creative independence, and provide many new and delightful vantage points onto the history of abstract art. The Jack Bush retrospective spans five decades and paints a full picture of the artist’s achievements, including his paintings, drawings and commercial illustrations. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue bring forward fascinating sections from the artist’s unpublished diaries, lending even more vibrancy to a story filled with brilliance and colour.

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The National Gallery of Canada Foundation gratefully acknowledges The Polar Foundation, Toronto, for its financial leadership in support of this exhibition. 

Generous donations were also received from Rob and Sandra May, Toronto; Kenneth Pustai, Toronto, and the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Vancouver.

These contributions afford essential support for the National Gallery of Canada in its commitment to mounting important Canadian artists’ retrospectives within its national and international program.

<em>Big A</em>, November 1968 <br />
acrylic on canvas, 228.6 × 144.7 cm (90 × 57 in.)<br />
National Gallery of Canada<br />
© Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014)<br />
Photo © NGC

Big A, November 1968
acrylic on canvas, 228.6 × 144.7 cm (90 × 57 in.)
National Gallery of Canada
© Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014)
Photo © NGC