Jane Bustin (b. 1964 London) explores the processes and subject matter of contemporary painting through a minimal, concept lead practice that combines traditional techniques with a wide variety of contemporary and historic materials and supports, including aluminium, wood, copper, silk, paper, latex, gesso, ceramics and ready-made objects.
Bustin’s paintings are initiated following intense periods of research or collaboration and have been described as correspondences with, or visualisations of other creative disciplines. The work explores the metaphysical potential for painting to 'make visual' philosophical concepts found primarily in literature, as well as music, science, dance and theology. They are presented within the formal constraints of abstraction but subvert this tradition; while not representational in the traditional sense, each decision in making the work is conceptually justified in relation to a particular subject. While minimal in style the works are intensely personal in subject, flying in the face of the masculine dogma of modernist Minimalism.
Jane Bustin studied at Portsmouth Polytechnic and lives and works in London. Her solo exhibitions include The Feeling of Things, Fox Jensen, Sydney (2019); Modern Domestics, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017); Fühler, Leslie Gallery, Berlin (2017); Jane Bustin: Rehearsal, Copperfield, London (2016); The Astonishing, Austin Forum, London (2014); Anatole Notes, Testbed1, London (2012); Unseen: A Collaboration with Tracy Chevalier and John Hull, The British Library, London (2009); Paintings 1998-2008, Artprojx Space, London (2008); Time Share with Alexis Harding, Eagle Gallery, London (2005); Violet and the War, Eagle Gallery, London (2004); Atemwende (Breathturn), Eagle Gallery, London (2000); Nameless Grace, Eagle Gallery, London (1998).
Group exhibitions include Olaph the Oxman curated by Tiago de Abreu Pinto, Copperﬁeld, London (2019); Considered Place, Drum Castle National Trust, Aberdeen (2019); Art Basel Hong Kong, Fox Jensen, Hong Kong (2019); XS, FoxJensenMccory, Auckland, NZ (2018); Sit – In, September Gallery, New York (2018); Combining Materials, Rosenfeld Porcini, London (2017); Ashley Lyon & Jane Bustin: Modern Domestics, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York (2017); Left to Right, Copperfield, London (2016); Ingredients, Methods, Serving Suggestion, APT Gallery, London (2016); Resistance and Persistence, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); ABJAD: Jane Bustin, Kevin Harman, Paul Keir and Jeff McMillan, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); The Shape of Things, The Dot Project, London (2015); More Material, Salon 94, NY (2014); John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2014); Show Off, London (2014); 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers, London (2014); A Little Patch Of Yellow Wall..., Curated by Jane Bustin, Lion And Lamb, London (2014); Mud, Rokeby Gallery, London (2013); Jerwood Drawing Prize Selected by Michael Craig-Martin, Jerwood Gallery, London (2013); Mostyn Open Prize selected by Ryan Gander, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno (2013); John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2012); Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Gallery London, Hastings and MAC, Birmingham (2012); RA Summer Show Selected by Tess Jaray, London (2012); Back and Forth, B55 Gallery, Budapest (2012); Will Alsop’s A Few Friends, Testbed 1, London (2011); RA Summer Show Selected by Tess Jaray, London (2011); Selected Artists Auction Show, Drawing Room, London (2011); Calligrams: Kevin Finklea, Matt Magee and Estelle Thompson, Eagle Gallery, London (2010); Fringmk Selected Finalist, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2009); Creekside Open, London (2009); Figuring Light: Colour and the Intangible, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (2008); Darkness Visible, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (2007); The Drawing Room, London (2007); Darkness Visible, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2006); iD, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, (2005); Young Masters, London, (2005).
Installations, Commissions & Site Specific Projects include The Nijinsky Project – Faun, King George V Room – Marriott County Hall, Art Night London (2018); The Astonishing with ‘Where are You?’, Austin Forum, London (2014); Hoxton New Music Days/ Almeida Opera, Hoxton Hall, Hoxton (2000). Performances include The Nijinsky project - Faun, Art Night London at Marriott, London County Hall, Southbank (2018); The Astonishing with ‘Where are You?’ by Lina Lapelyte at Austin Forum, London (2014); Hoxton New Music Days/ Almeida Opera commission with Deirdre Gribben & Matthew Barley, Hoxton Hall (2000).
She is a recipient of the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Award/Residency, Daugavpils, Latvia (2'019); Arts Council England (2006); London Arts Board (1996); Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1993). Bustin has work in private and public collections including: The Zabludowicz collection, London; The Victoria and Albert Collection, London; Ferens Art Gallery and Museum, Hull and Goldman Sachs, London.