Kushana Bush is a 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.
Kushana graduated from the Dunedin School of art in 2004 and was promptly appointed as a lecturer. She left to focus on painting and in 2009, she worked in South Korea at the National Art Studio, Changdong, Seoul. That same year, she won the Art and Australia contemporary Art award and featured in Art and Australia emerging artist awards. Two years later, she won the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship – one of the youngest to receive that accolade.
In 2013, Kushana was awarded the Arts Foundation New Zealand New Generation Award. In 2014, Kushana exhibited at the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Her exhibition ‘The Burning Hours’, was shown at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2016/2017, and will be presented in 2017 at the Christchurch Art Gallery between June and October. She will be exhibiting in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2017-2018 Triennial in Melbourne.
Kushana’s work is held in collections throughout New Zealand, The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
Kushana’s paintings are delicately constructed and complex. She makes explicit reference to early painting styles, like medieval miniatures. Her works reflect the relations between cultures, histories of war and patterns of human behaviour.
Dunedin School of Art Lecturer in Painting, Michael Greaves, says Kushana embodies the best of Otago Polytechnic’s graduates.
“She is continually reflective, motivated and focused, her career is one that exhibits the best qualities of our many prestigious art alumni” he says.
Otago Polytechnic Emeritus Member, Bridie Lonie, says Kushana is a truly successful graduate of the Dunedin School of Art.
“She is recognised as a significant artist, and has been from a surprisingly young age. She’s unassuming and extremely focussed. We are proud to own her as a graduate”.
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