Kushana Bush is an artist who lives and works in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her miniature gouache paintings on paper are littered with allusions to Mughal and Persian miniature traditions, Japanese ukiyo-e, as well as medieval European art history.

“…borrowing and adapting imagery, not of my time or place – and crucially, getting it wrong – somehow produces pictures that speak of the here and now. I’m very attracted to that cycle of collapsing interpretations, it keeps you yearning’.
-Kushana Bush in interview with Megan Dunn, Empire in Flames: Kushana Bush on Crucifixions, Circumcisions and Black Magic. 22 December 2015.

Kushana was awarded the 2009 Art and Australia Contemporary Art Award, the 2011 University of Otago Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and the 2013 Arts Foundation New Zealand New Generation Award. In 2014 she exhibited at the Edinburgh Art Festival. In that same year, she viewed medieval manuscripts and miniature paintings at The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and the resulting exhibition The Burning Hours at Dunedin Public Art Gallery toured to Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and Whangarei Art Museum from 2016-18. In 2018 Kushana participated in the NGV Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Forthcoming exhibitions include APT9, The 9th  Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Her work is held in public collections throughout Australasia including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hakēna, University of Otago, The Michael Buxton Collection, Monash University Collection and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Kushana Bush speaks with Megan Dunn
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Kushana Bush speaks with Balamohan Shingade
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