EMPTYBUSHART

Michael Bush is a self-taught contemporary abstract artist working in Columbus Ohio. Michael's work is created by applying acrylic paint, water and spray paint to create the fluidity in his work that mimics the fluid nature and emotional journeys of our lives. Michael is represented by Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Ohio and has been selected to participate in many juried shows in and around Ohio including Art for Life and the Ohio State Fair Professional Division. Michael's work is proudly represented in the permanent collection of the Schumacher Gallery at Capital University. Michael currently serves as the artist liaison for the Franklinton Arts District Board of Directors, as well as Co-chair of the Scrawl Arts Festival.

The process I use to create a painting relies on chemical reactions to create fluid motions that blend colors and create texture. I start by applying a layer of acrylic paint that I have mixed with water. From there, I use spray paint to build depth and texture with an over spray technique to manipulate the water and paint to engage with one another. This process is repeated in multiple stages with different colors. While the spray paint and the acrylic paints are still in motion, I use a clear enamel spray paint to break apart the acrylic and spray paints. This causes the chemicals in the spray paints to break down and separate, creating the lines and tonal changes. After I have reached the desired level of depth and motion, I treat the painting as a sculpture and carve out an image from the overall abstraction to focus the viewer on a particular section of the painting feature and highlight the vision I want to share.