Stephen Bush grad­u­at­ed from Roy­al Mel­bourne Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy in Fine Arts in 1978 and has since gone on to have a pro­lif­ic pro­fes­sion­al career, rec­og­nized in Aus­tralia and beyond. Bush’s career has been built on a series of works; each cre­at­ed through a dif­fer­ent aes­thet­ic approach yet linked by a pen­chant for incon­gru­ence. Bee­keep­ers, rub­bish bins, alpine scenes, Babar the ele­phant, men on horse: his cho­sen sub­jects are diverse and atyp­i­cal. Bush’s painter­ly range is as var­ied and free flow­ing as his sub­ject mat­ter. Mov­ing from lurid abstrac­tion to fig­u­ra­tion real­ism, he cre­ates gut­tur­al jux­ta­po­si­tions of the vis­cer­al and the sub­lime.