““Your best work, when you do it, will always upset the general public – they’re always a few years behind you.”
Jack Bush was born in Toronto on March 20th, 1909. His youth was spent in Montreal, and he studied at the Royal Canadian Academy. During the 1930s he ran a commercial art business and by night attended classes at the Ontario College of Art.
He was initially influenced by the Group of Seven, but after seeing the work of the American Abstract Expressionists in New York City, his work changed dramatically.He was a member of Painters Eleven, the group founded by William Ronald in 1953 to promote abstract painting in Canada. Bush was also encouraged by art critic Clement Greenberg, and became associated with the Color Field movement and Post-Painterly Abstraction. Although the Painters Eleven disbanded in 1960, Bush continued to paint and became one of the more successful members from this group.