Jack Bush R.C.A.

Red, Orange, Green, 1965

serigraph, ed. 67 of 100
22.5x20 in.

Private collection, Ontario
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private collection, Calgary

Marc Mayer and Sarah Stanners, Jack Bush, 2014, pp. 20-21

In 1957, Jack Bush would meet famed New York art critic Clement Greenberg in his Toronto studio. In New York City, Greenberg had been persuaded by artist William Ronald to visit the studios of all of the Painter’s Eleven members, and his visit with Bush was tranformative. At the time, Bush had been working on abstract expressionist paintings, but Greenberg encouraged him to simplify his paintings. Bush approached the next decade of his work with Greenberg’s advice, and produced colourful compositions with bold colour and form.
In 1965, when we see Red, Orange, Green produced, Bush was “committed to abstraction through a simplification of forms”, and is noted to be a high point in his career. Red, Orange, Green was released in a portfolio of five prints in a limited edition of 100 in 1965, and is collected in multiple institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada.

John Hamilton Bush, “Jack,” painter (b at Toronto 20 Mar 1909; d there 24 Jan 1977). Jack Bush was raised in London and Montréal, where he worked initially as a commercial artist in his father’s Montréal firm, Rapid Electro Type Company. In 1928 he moved to the Toronto office of…