Red Hook, 1970
acrylic on canvas
201 x 114.5 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with the assistance of a repatriation grant from the Government of Canada through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act and with funds from an anonymous donor
While influenced early on by the Group of Seven, Jack Bush turned toward internationally circulating approaches to abstract painting after World War II. He was a member of Toronto’s Painters Eleven in the 1950s. Bush’s mature painting style is neither wholly expressionistic nor geometric. He is best known for his paintings from the 1960s and 1970s that feature areas and bands of thinly painted saturated colour, along with recurring moments of lyrical play. The hook was one of several motifs Bush used in his work starting in the 1970s. With a background in design, Bush drew on objects from the commercial world—gift wrapping, flags, window displays, neckties, and handkerchiefs—and obliquely referenced them in many of his formal compositions.