John Busby

RSA RSW Born: 1928
Place of Birth: Bradford
Died: 2015

John Busby is one of the most imporant wildlife artists of recent years. His book Drawing Birds revolutionised the way artists capture birds in the field. Busby's deceptively simple sketches captured, with a few strokes of the pencil and watercolour wash, the essence of a bird's movement and behaviour.

“My work is rooted in landscape and in the living birds and animals as they are part of it. I aim to show how creatures move and to express the visual delight they bring. I try to combine accuracy with artistry.” 

His style was both much admired and often imitated: especially the way in which he could instantly capture the essence and character of any bird he came across, and then develop this portrayal of the bird and its landscape back in the studio, using both watercolours and oils.

Langford Press have recently released John Busby's last book Lines from Nature which is available for purchase at the gallery (£38). Please call for more information.  

  • John Busby

    Guillemots and Razorbills with Passing Kittiwake and Shadow

    1989
    watercolour
    H:27cm W:30.5cm
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  • John Busby

    Dabchicks and Great Crested Grebe

    1999
    watercolour & chalk
    H:23cm W:30cm
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  • John Busby

    Maui, Hawaiian Stilts and Night Heron

    1991
    watercolour
    H:29cm W:51cm
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