Works of two Canadian titans shown

A London gallery has brought together works by two titans of Canadian art for concurrent exhibitions that will surely spark some fascinating comparisons.

The show, opening Friday at Thielsen Gallery, showcases works by Tony Urquhart and the late Jack Bush.

Widely acknowledged as one of Canada’s leading abstract painters, Bush was a member of Painters Eleven, an influential group that included Harold Town, William Ronald and Jock Macdonald and established abstract expressionism in Canada in the 1950s.

Bush, who died in 1977 at 67, spent much of his career exploring radiant colours, eccentric shapes and expansive compositions. But some of the paintings in Transition Years depict an artist still grounded in representational work; Spring Snow (1945), Harbour Kincardine (1939) and In The Morning (1947) depict familiar themes in traditional styles. Other paintings, particularly The Jugglers (1949), provide some tantalizing previews of Bush’s future direction.

The display of Recent Work by Urquhart showcases his diversity

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