Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
An Idea Begins... - a Sussex seascape
This is a 30 x 30 x 1.5 inches seascape skyscape painting that was inspired by a day out in Brighton. It shows a very small figure walking along the beach with a drama happening in the sky as he or she is forming an idea. The sun is partially hidden by the clouds but is emerging through them and forming patterns with them. It is semi abstract, expressionistic in style and the colours range from golden yellow through to deep reds and purples. Having lived in Brighton as an art student, I often had my best ideas and epiphany's walking the stony beach there. It is where I recovered my senses after upsets and made plans for the future. Humans need space in order to get a perspective on their lives and to sort out problems and not go mad. The sea is a wonderful place to do this so this painting is simply intended as a thank you to the sea and sky. The edges are white and no frame is needed.
A Moment in May - landscape painting with wild flowers and bird
A 30 x 30 x 1.5 inches pink and green oil painting of a Sussex inspired Spring landscape. Semi abstract, impressionist ,art nouveau in style, the painting shows a blue tit sitting on a stalk surrounded by white and cream cow parsley flowers with pink blossom hinted at behind and green grasses in the foreground. It was painted after a walk I took around Bodiam Castle area in May 2018. May is a wonderful month when all of nature goes barmy and that fleeting moment of wildflowers and bird activity is what I tried to capture in this painting. The paint is thick and has some plant dander in it which flew in the window as I was painting it. I was OK with this as it adds to the captured moment of the lovely season of May in England. The edges are white and no frame is needed.
Shimmering Spring - a landscape paintings with blossom
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original semi abstract oil painting of a Spring forest landscape with blossom trees. This painting is muted in tones and full of white, cream, pale pinks and lilacs and caramel colours. It is art nouveau and semi abstract in style and shows woodland view with trees and a lake and a small deer stag on the left. It started life as a much brighter painting but I liked it better once I had toned it down. At a glance it looks like a neutral toned abstract but as you look closer you see the blossom and the trees and the get the feeling of Spring. The deer presides over this scene as he does in many of my landscapes. This is his space domain and he is the spirit of the forest and the season. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Bluebell Invasion - a spring woodland abstract with bluebells
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large landscape oil painting of a Sussex spring wood at bluebell time. The painting is abstract, art nouveau and expressionist is style. It shows a view through a spring forest with bluebells ranging from blue to violet and then pink and trees in all shades of green. The paint was thick and blended and quite sumptuously used. Vertical brush marks help to create the dappled effect of sunlight through trees that you get in woodland environments. I think we all love bluebells. It is the time of year that woodland is most magical and this is what I was trying to show with this painting. If there are still magic beings, unicorns and green men in forests, they surely have to be among the bluebells. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Tiger Odyssey - an abstract landscape with tigers
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of two tigers in an abstract landscape. The colours are rainbow and vibrant and the scene hints at a jungle with the tigers positioned in the branch of a tree. One tiger stares off to the right while the other has just emerged from somewhere and is wondering who we are. This is a painting that evolved organically just as a real forest does. The tigers are another in a series where I am optimistically creating worlds where they can continue to survive. The paint is used thinly and thickly and is interesting to look from close up as well as from a distance. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Elemental - a sunset seascape with horses
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of horses on a beach at sunset. It is called 'elemental' as the four horses are each running in a different direction and have power as the elements do. There is a suggestion of sunset or sunrise and waves rolling in on the sand with warm pink, orange and yellow clouds in the background. In the distance and from the horses themselves, there is another suggestion of electricity or lighting. The style is partly traditional and partly contemporary with carefully painted horses and then thick decorative layers of paint made in contrast to this. The intention of this painting is to make a representation of an explosive energy being unleashed rather than just being a pretty picture of horses on a beach. Not sure how well I succeeded but I had fun trying.
In Another Place - a Tiger kingdom
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract painting of a tiger in a beautiful landscape. The tiger is climbing the branches around her and looks over the lake, trees and jungle in the background. She searches or is maybe just making sure all is as it should be. The painting is slightly art nouveau and is painted in very vibrant, slightly blurred colours which makes it a little mystical. This is another in a series of big cat paintings where I am trying to provide a safe space for the animals to be. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Red Magic - A Red painting with red deer at dawn
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract red original oil painting of three magical red deer in a red dawn. The three stags stand and stare at us through a haze of red light. Behind the middle stag is a rising morning sun and there is a suggestion of trees and a lake behind them. Two portals lead out of the landscape and elsewhere. The dawn sky is pink. In the foreground are strange red shapes that could be poppies or may be something else materializing. The painting was inspired by the fact that I wanted to make some red art with some power to it. Deer have a mystical and enchanting presence naturally so made a good subject. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Summer Green - a green Sussex landscape
This is a 30 x 30 x 1.5 inches green landscape painting made using thick impasto oil paint. It is impressionist and expressionist in style and was made after visiting Penshurst in Kent last summer. The fields and woodland around the area were so verdant it sang. If you look closely at one of the tree trunks you can see a dryad (tree spirit) emerging from one of them. In the meadow's were cow parsley and long luscious grass and insects and birds buzzed about very happily - as did I. This is a tribute to an English summer with all its exuberance. The edges are white and no frame is needed.
Weaving Magic - an abstract leopard landscape art
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting in art nouveau semi abstract style. This large landscape is painted using thick red, yellow and amethyst tones and has lots of sinewy lines which weave in and around each-other. There is the suggestion of trees and a lake in the background and red flowers in the foreground, A leopard sits up a tree leisurely switching her tail back and forth as she weaves a spell. The environment made her and she is enchanting it. This is another in a series of big cat paintings where I am painting a space for my cat to live. They can disappear deeper into their new world whenever they wish. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.