Collection Online
gouache, metallic paint and pencil
(55.0 × 69.5 cm) (image) 84.0 × 97.3 cm (framed)
Place/s of Execution
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Accession Number
International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Jo Horgan and Peter Wetenhall, 2015
� Kushana Bush
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Allegory and Symbols Ceremonial and Funerary Human Figures
Subjects (specific)
bird (animal) culture-related concepts groups of people multi-coloured narrative art rituals (events) sacrifices (religious ceremonies) symbols
Contemporary (style of art)
Kushana Bush considers herself a contemporary storyteller. She paints highly detailed multiple-figure compositions in which enigmatic and often violent narratives unfold. The critic David Eggleton has described her style as ‘eccentric historicism’. Bush draws on various historical and stylistic sources, from medieval Christian art to Indo- Persian miniatures and Japanese woodblock prints. In each scene the joyous colour and decorative quality is undercut by a pervasive sense of threat and claustrophobia that derives from the crowded compositions and the actions and gestures of the figures – in this case, a staged ritual in which white birds are sacrificed.