Jack Bush

JACK BUSH "LITTLE YELLOW" SILKSCREEN, 1971

Jack Bush (1909-1977) is known as one of Canada’s most successful abstract artists of the 20th century. In the 1960's he achieved international recognition for his works positioned among the leading American artists associated with color-field painting.  

A graduate of Toronto’s OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design), and a key member of the Painters Eleven, Bush was also hugely influential on the developing art scene of Toronto in the 1960s and 70s. Bush represented Canada at the 1967 Sao Paolo Biennale, and the Art Gallery of Ontario toured a retrospective of his work in 1976.

During these two decades, Bush experienced commercial and critical success in New York and was continuously praised and promoted by the esteemed art critic, Clement Greenberg. As a result of their relationship, Bush would become friendly with several of the artists affiliated with the color-field movement including Jules Olitski and Kenneth Noland. 

This dynamic print is a striking example of Bush's iconic style. A broad field of unmodulated yellow saturates two-thirds of the sheet, while the right side of the work hosts a column of bold horizontal planes, each vertically stacked. 

Evocative of the best work in his career, this piece is defined by strong lines, soft shapes, passionate color tones, and powerful simplicity.  

This work was one of two reproductions created by Markgraf Editions. This esteemed printmaker collaborated with the Canada Council to create prints that promoted contemporary Canadian art. Markgraf would create two Jack Bush prints including this one and "Greenfield and Sun". Today, the entire Markgraf collection of Canadian prints can be found in the permanent collection of the National Gallery in Ottawa.

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"Little Yellow"

Canada, 1971

30"H 18"W (work, trimmed margins)

35.5"H 23.5"W (framed)

Very good condition.


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