Symbols in a Sea Pool
By John Busby

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Year
1999
Media
Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Sea and Boats
Reg. Number
G1517
Size
84.5 x 110 cm

"Pink sandstone shapes within the area of yellow sandstone might have been put there for an artist to discover and seek their hidden meaning."
John Busby 1928 - 2015
John used softly blended oil paint in muted colours to create an almost abstract view of the contents of a rock pool.

He spent a lot of time at Tyninghame, East Lothian sketching the rock pools there. He said "There are no words in our language for floating shards of seaweed in a pool, for the magnifying density of water, or for a sky reflected in its surface. No word describes the first ripple of a returning tide. This is not a drawback to an artist using the wordless language of painting where beauty and strangeness can find expression."

John Busby was born in Bradford in 1928. After National Service he studied at Leeds and Edinburgh Colleges of Art and was awarded post-graduate and major travel scholarships. On return from France and Italy, he taught drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1956 until 1988, retiring then to become a full-time artist again.

He was President of the Society of Scottish Artists from 1976-79 and was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

His lifelong interest in wild life and a fascination with birds in particular, led him to become one of the founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists.
John led art courses in Crete, the Falklands and Galapagos islands and took part in projects with the Artists for Nature Foundation around the world.

John illustrated over 35 books about birds and animals and exhibited his work widely.

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