Jane Bustin


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Year 2020
Medium Acrylic on Japanese paper
Dimensions 29.8 x 21.1 cm

About the work

The watercolour is one of a series referencing the painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, Allegory of painting 1638, painted whilst she was living in London. 

As a reference, Artemisia had used the standard handbook of the time, Iconlogia by Cesare Ripa who wrote that painting should be depicted as:

'a beautiful woman, with full black hair, dishevelled, and twisted in various ways, with arched eyebrows that show imaginative thought, the mouth covered with a cloth tied behind her ears, with a chain of gold at her throat from which hangs a mask, and has written in front 'imitation'’.

Artemisia boldly eliminated the diminishing detail of a gagged mouth and instead made a self-portrait revealing a strong independent woman, artist and survivor, an embodiment of painting and one that could not be silenced.

About the artist:

Born 1964 London, Jane Bustin lives and works in London. Graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic (1986); and Hertfordshire College of Art (1983).

Recognised as a painter, Bustin’s practice spans a decade of single works in painting and ceramic as well as installation, text, film and performance. She uses multiple materials and her work is based around the poetic language of painting, modernist literature, feminism and extending the links between craft, concept and movement.

Bustin’s work is held in public and private collections including  The Victoria and Albert Collection, London; Ferens Art Gallery and Museum, Hull; and Goldman Sachs, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include The Colour of Words, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2020); Blindspot, Copperfield, London (2019); The Feeling of Things, Fox Jensen, Sydney (2019); Modern Domestics, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017); Fühler, Leslie Gallery, Berlin (2017); Rehearsal, Copperfield, London (2016); Anatole Notes, Testbed1, London (2012); and Unseen: A Collaboration with Tracy Chevalier and John Hull, The British Library, London (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Hazard Piccadilly Arcade/Frieze art Fair, Copperfield, London (2020); Olaph the Oxman curated by Tiago de Abreu Pinto, Copperfield, London (2019); Art Basel Hong Kong, Fox Jensen, Hong Kong (2019); Sit – In, September Gallery, New York (2018); The Nijinsky Project, Artnight, London (2018); Combining Materials, Rosenfeld Porcini, London (2017); Ingredients, Methods, Serving Suggestion, APT Gallery, London (2016); Resistance and Persistence, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); ABJAD, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); More Materials curated by Duro Olowu, Salon 94, Bowery, New York (2014); and The Astonishing, where are you?’ with Lina Lapelyte, Austin Forum, London (2014).

Awards include the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Award/Residency, Daugavpils (2019); Arts Council England (2006); London Arts Board (1996); and Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1993).

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