When I make a body of work, I think about it as a kind of a country - a society of people in a particular time - and this allows me the luxury of playing god. It gives me the possibility to create unrealistic solutions to real life concerns.
Kushana Bush, Art & Australia, Vol. 46 Autumn, No. 3, 2009. p.544

"Kushana Bush's latest satirical paintings playfully tout the impossible task of satisfying everyone's needs. Their delicate and alluring surfaces conflate disparate cultures, unsettle simplified notions of East and West and cut across cultural difference. Inhabited by a multi-cultural cast of characters, her amusing and imaginative group portraits draw on a range of art styles and epochs from Giotto's fourteenth century frescoes and erotic Japanese Shunga art to Indo-Persian miniatures and the twentieth century paintings of Englishmen Stanley Spencer. Bush's cosmopolitan art brings together constituent elements from all over the world in order to inventively reconfigure the geographical, political and social landscape of our time."   
From a Press Release by Natalie Poland (Curator Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand) for Frances Hodgkins Exhibition ‘All Things to All Men'.

Kushana Bush lives and works in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2009 Kushana won the Art and Australia Contemporary Art Award. In that same year she was Artist in Residence at the National Art studio, Changdong, Seoul (an Arts Centre/Asia NZ Foundation Residency). Kushana was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at The University of Otago in 2011 producing art work for the show ‘All Things to All Men' during her tenure. In 2012 Kushana exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair (with Brett McDowell Gallery) and at Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland. In 2013 her work was included in shows ‘On this day alone', curated by Glenn Barkley at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; ‘A Different View' at Gus Fisher Gallery, Unviersity of Auckland and she had her first solo exhibition with Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

Kushana was the recipient of an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2013.  New Generation artists are the hot shots, the ones to watch, and the ones that have an X-factor that sets them apart from their peers. They have assured potential. Their work is exciting. They are independent, individual and show outstanding promise. They also display a depth of thinking and consistency that gives their work strength. 

 

 

Last Song in Silence (detail) 2013
Gouache and Pencil on Paper,  77 x 57 cm

 

Words

2011
Italy trip influences 2011 Frances Hodgkins Fellow.
How sitting in cavernous churches has changed
Kushana Bush's work
2011
Taking on the role of 'artist as anthropologist', Kushana Bush makes paintings that are erotic, amusing, disturbing and beautiful, but ultimately their content remains absolutely mysterious. Virginia Were reports
2009
Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award: Kushana Bush
Article by Talia Linz. Autumn 2009 issue.

Galleries

20112013
A collection of gouache on paper paintings produced between 2011-2013 including work from the exhibition ‘All Things to All Men’ produced during her tenure as University of Otago Frances Hodgkins fellow in 2011.
1983
Born Dunedin, New Zealand (NZ)
2007
Slump Series, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, NZ;Premier Award, Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award
2008
The Revival, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
2009
Art & Australia Emerging Artist Award, Art and Australia, Sydney, Australia;Art Residency, Arts Centre/Asia NZ Foundation, Seoul, South Korea
2010
Ready to Roll, City Gallery, Wellington, NZ;Liquid Dreams, The New Dowse, Lower Hutt, NZ
2011
Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ;Tender is the Night, Curated by Heather Galbraith, City Gallery, Wellington, NZ
2012
Omens, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, NZ;All Things to All Men, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin and Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ 
2013
On this Day Alone Curated by Glen Barkley, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia;A Different View Curated by Linda Tyler and Virginia Braun, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ;Last Song in Silence, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Recipient, New Generation Award