Drum roll please! Give it up for Mo Works’ latest partner in crime, and one of Australia’s most talented young artists, Jess Bush.
We are trekking into new creative territory by striking up a partnership with artist extraordinaire Jess Bush, who can add that extra stroke of genius to your creative strategy. Jess grew up in Brisbane and dived headfirst into her craft when she moved to Sydney to pursue it professionally at the age of 19. Starting her professional life painstakingly churning out photo realistic pencil portraits, Jess has now boldly stepped into the realm of large scale, richly coloured murals but still bases her work on realistic depictions of the human form in one way or another.
We were keen to get to know the woman behind the art better, so we picked Jess’ brain to find out more about her work, inspiration and where she fits into the business world.
Mo Works: We hear you’ve got a project on the go in Melbourne, can you tell us about it?
Jess Bush: I’m working on a project on Southbank called CollaboNation. CollaboNation is a social experiment and experiential artwork that aims to open a well of creativity and connection amongst strangers. By inviting all to collaborate on a free-for-all canvas on the street and supplying paints and brushes – it’s a way to open creativity to all in a supportive and open environment, while shedding light on the progressive nature of a collaborative attitude. It also uncovers fascinating observations on human nature and how different cultures embrace creativity.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve taken it to different spots in the US and Australia, documenting the people and artworks that are generated along the way. The aim is to take it global, ending in an exhibition of artworks from all different corners of the globe.
MW: What other projects have you worked on?
JB: Last year I was commissioned by the City of Sydney to produce my first series for a solo exhibition at The Galeries, George Street. I’ve also collaborated with a great number of brands on different small projects, and in 2015 have scope to collaborate with an Australian fashion designer on some one-off pieces.
MW: You dabble in quite a few different art forms, do you have a favourite?
JB: My curiosity and hungry brain takes me down many different avenues of art. I don’t have a favourite. I guess painting and portraiture are my biggest weapons, but my favourite is always the new one I am trying out. They all feed and inspire each other. I’ve also started to explore theatre and creative writing.
MW: Where do you draw inspiration from for your artwork?
JB: It is impossible to not draw inspiration from most things. My own emotional experience and observing the links between thoughts and physicality in others, the beautiful delicacy of nature and the human form, the colour combinations in nature are always the most harmonious and beautiful – my favourites are the colour combinations in the sky and ocean.
MW: How can businesses benefit from your unique artistic style?
JB: A strength of mine is that I have great business sense and am experienced with listening and being sensitive to what a particular business or event might want in the way of direction and aesthetic – then translating it into the creative sphere and maintaining integrity and creative control for all parties.
If you’re looking to add a bit of creative flair to your marketing strategy, get in touch with us via our website or Facebook page to find out how we can make it happen!