Jack Bush

On the Beach, Thunder Beach, Ont. 1946,

7.5 x 12.5 in


In his early stages Jack Bush was influenced by the work of Charles Comfort and the Group of Seven. He began his professional career focused on painting landscapes. He attended Charles Comfort's weekly life model drawing sessions, hosted in Comfort's studio in Toronto. During the 1940s, Bush ran a commercial art business and, by night, furthered his studies at the Ontario College of Art.

From the early 1930s through the late 1940s Bush was an ardent landscape and figure painter. During this period he developed a personal vocabulary rooted in Canadian art and his own unique style that stuck with him to the end. Bush's mannerisms are easier to see than to describe. In his early art it sometimes appears as dynamic cloud formations and figure groupings which intrude into or float within many of his pictures. Movement into the picture plane from one or more of its edges and dynamic placement became favoured Bush motifs.

On the Beach, Thunder Beach is an exemplary early watercolour from Bush’s formative years.