John Busby artist at the Aubrey Art Gallery

The Aubrey Art Gallery

John Busby

land marks and sea wings book by Artist John Busby

Copies of John Busby's book Land Marks & Sea Wings, which reproduces examples of his work spanning more than half a century, are available to buy, post-free in the UK, from the gallery. You can view sample pages and see full details here.

John Busby was born in Bradford in 1928 and moved to Menston in Lower Wharfedale at the age of seven. There he developed his early interest in nature and his love of the landscapes of the dales. He studied at Leeds and Edinburgh Colleges of Art, joining the teaching staff at Edinburgh in 1956. He retired in 1988 to return to being a full-time artist. He was a past President of the Society of Scottish Artists, a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. He was also a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and for many years ran an annual Seabird drawing course based at North Berwick.

John's emphasis on drawing in the field - capturing the moment - has been a major influence and inspiration for a whole generation of wildlife artists. He travelled widely, including taking part in several Artists for Nature Foundation projects, and illustrated more than 35 books. He had a major retrospective exhibition at Cartwright Hall, Bradford in 1999/2000 which showcased the full range of his work, from sensitive drawings and watercolours to his impressive series of oils of rock pools - a subject which had fascinated him since childhood. In 2009 he received the prestigious Master Wildlife Artist award from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin. John died on 3rd June 2015.