In conjunction with the Edinburgh Art Festival the Open Eye Gallery presents a large-scale exhibition centring on the distinctive landscape paintings by celebrated avian artist John Busby RSA RSW SWLA (1928–2015). Featuring many previously unseen paintings, all held by the artist’s estate, this exhibition shows Busby’s avid passion for panoramas and ‘bird’s eye views’ undertaken during his prolific career.
Busby has long been renowned as a ‘bird artist’, a fascination since childhood, the inspiration drawn from them was direct and immediate. Landscape, however, has always been at the centre of his art. His long acquaintance with the surrounding environment allowed deep connections to take root - the land, clouds and seas transformed into metaphors for an inner state of being.
Presenting an extensive collection of Busby’s lesser known landscape paintings, this exhibition explores the relationship between form and content; the shape, colour and compositional energy of these works expressing a much deeper level of contemplation.