Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
The Harts Cathedral
The Harts Cathedral is a 40x40x1.5 inches contemporary oil painting of a colourful woodland path with a stag at the centre. The stag stands at the exit of the path just as you come out of the trees and he knows what is on the outside of the forest. You can decide what you want to see there and it will be there. This is another in a series of deer and forest path paintings I have made simply because I love to glimpse animals and fields and other little cameos of nature when walking in woodland. I do get a little nervous when in among the trees too, especially when I am lost or it is getting dark. This has become a metaphor for life - you have to go through some dark and mysterious bits of it in order to get the light and spiritual bits! The deer is there as deer are traditionally symbols for otherworldly guides and can often be heard or seen in the pockets of woodland around Sussex and the UK generally. This particular painting was a struggle as it fell off the easel when wet and had to be treated differently than my other paintings as a result. I rather like the end result but am not planning to repeat so is a one off! Painted on 3d canvas, edges white, no frame needed
Creation is a large 48x48x1.5 inches painting of the view through trees to a Sussex summer meadow with flowers and swallows. The style is art nouveau and contemporary and the colours are extremely bright and vibrant. The impression the painting gives is of a voyeuristic glimpse of a late summer meadow with an abundance of wild flowers in the foreground and the hint of wheat and grasses in the meadow behind. Two swallows swoop down from the left throwing transparent veils over the scene in a slightly spiral pattern as if they are creating the landscape or revealing it. In the far distance you can see a river on the horizon and an exit into the next field beyond. This painting was very much inspired by the river Rother near Burwash in Sussex in summer 2020 where I thrashed my way through tall grasses and flowers to watch the swallows gathering in the air around me ready to leave for Africa. It is always a slightly melancholy time as it means end of summer so I felt the urge to pay tribute to a lovely English landscape (yes despite a pandemic) and am satisfied I have caught a little of the energy and beauty that birds, flowers and nature bring to this world. The edges are dark green, no frame needed, ready to hang. If you want to find this place, go to the Bear Inn in Burwash and head north towards Stonegate
Autumn Calls is a wide panoramic oil painting on canvas of an autumn landscape with a deer stag next to a semi abstract lake and trees. It is 16x40x1.5 inches with white edges, no frame needed. I used autumn colours for the trees and the glimpse of a lake and forests beyond whilst a deer stag observes from the left of the painting. The semi abstract handling of vertical lines hints of a bit of mystery. This is appropriate as deer in many cultures are seen as spiritual guides and I do find them quite inspiring.
Song of August
Song of August is very large oil painting 72x48x2 inches of a magical summer landscape with birds and flowers by a lake. It has a real impact when seen from a distance as it is the sort of painting you feel you can walk into. The edges are built up of layers of greens, purples and blues like overlapping leaves and foliage and through these leaves you can see a glittering lake and distant trees. To the right are two white egrets who are woven into the landscape or are maybe even being formed by it. In the foreground are an abundance of brightly coloured wildflowers with the sparkling water of the green lake behind and between them. This painting was made by building up many different layers of colour one over the other so that though it is clear what it is, the style itself is abstract and contemporary. It was inspired by many walks I took this summer around the various mill ponds and fishing lakes that are common in the Sussex area. It is also a nod to the huge Monet waterlilies paintings murals which are similarly large and hard to make sense of up close but are very clear from a distance and make you want to be there when you see them. My intention in painting this was to create an impression of August on a sunny day that I could keep forever. It is painted on deep edge canvas so no frame is needed and the edges are dark green to match the painting.
Souls of the Ashdown Forest
Souls of the Ashdown Forest is a 36x48x1.5 inched oil painting of a view through the trees of the Ashdown Forest towards some deer in the heather. It was inspired by many walks in the area â especially during lock down 2020. You often see deer around here but deer being deer you only get to see them for seconds at a time before they flash their white bumâs at you and vanish into the trees. This particular painting was of a view from one of the clumps of trees in the area looking towards the farmland and heather and heath land beyond. It has been made by building up layers of paint until it has a green gold glow in the first section and colder purples, lilacs and yellow in the spaces between the trees. A deer stag can be seen on the left looking back at us and a string of females can be seen on the right moving off into the distance. The heather of the forest is loosely approximated by using purple which contrasts with the green gold in an interesting way. It is semi abstract and a kind of messy art nouveau in style. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.
Print on canvas of Solo in the Turquoise Sea
Print on canvas of Solo in the Turquoise Sea A fine art quality single print on canvas of solo threadfin butterfly fish in a turquoise sea. 26x26x1.5 inches. You can see light sparkles on the surface of the water and some of the sky above the fish as well as the glittering patterns that the sunlight makes on the waves and through the water and across the sandy sea bed. The little fish seems intent on going somewhere and is happy in his tropical turquoise world. This is another in a series of underwater ocean paintings I have made that were originally inspired by snorkelling in Tobago. The painting is therapeutic as it give the viewer lots of space and hopefully a relaxed frame of mind.
Nature Unleashed is a very large oil painting on canvas of an exuberant Sussex wildflower meadow featuring the South Downs, swallows and poppies. It is 72x48x1.5 inches. The style is semi-abstract and art nouveau and is very vibrant and colourful. It was inspired by walks taken in fields and woodlands around the South Downs in summer when the wildflowers are at their best and the poppies, in particular, stand out against the green grass and reeds. The scene shows an abundance of flowers in the foreground and trees and fields leading off into the distance behind them. Two barn swallows swoop over the flowers and you can see the patterns their motion makes. Swallows are birds you see often in Sussex and they are very much woven into the landscape of summer. The painting was made from memory using reference phots to add small details here and there. Memory painting tends to reflect how I felt about a place I have been to rather than ârealisticâ details as such and I like this way of working. What I feel about an English Sussex summer is that it is beautiful and wild and I am happy I caught this feeling and in such a large canvas! The edges are dark green and it is ready to hang, no frame needed
Woodland Portal is 40x40x1.5 inches oil on canvas square painting of a woodland glade with wild flowers and blue tits set against light through the trees. It is semi abstract in style and the paint is thickly applied and in very vibrant colours. It was inspired by the happiness I feel at springtime in Sussex and particularly the feeling you get in a wood when you are just about to leave it and find some new and interesting landscapes. The blue tits are there because you often see them in English woodland and forests and they are very pretty little birds. I called it woodland portal as when I enter a path into a woodland or forest I sometimes wonder if I will come out somewhere else entirely elsewhere to the area I went in. I always loved the idea of doors into other realms and universes and this is a common source of inspiration for me. This painting leads you to where you want to go and the birds are the ones who know how to get there. Painted on deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Horse Metamorphosis - a large contemporary red oil painting of beautif
Horse Metamorphosis is a 31.5 x 47x.0.5 inches large contemporary red oil painting of beautiful gold Arabian horse against an abstract bright red background. The golden horse dances in the foreground inside a dark forest with mottled light falling in patches on the path out towards the clearing. The path leads out of the woods and into a glowing summer wildflower meadow. Veils of transparent bright red hang over the scene as the horse begins to emerge from that world into a different one. The painting was started years ago simply to reflect the happiness I get when looking at a beautiful horse but become something more when the red veils were added which gives it a real presence. The original message of the painting was that there is more to life than hiding in the dark. I think now the message is more that there are other realities and that is worth exploring them. It is painted on thin edged canvas painted red, ready to hang.
Escape to the Big Blue Sea
Escape to the Big Blue Sea is a large blue under the sea oil painting with three fish swimming in formation. The fish are angel fish and they travel across a wide blue expanse of ocean beneath the turquoise rippling surface of the water which catches the light in small white sparkles. Below them you can see the light patterns on the rainbow coloured sand and in the distance a hint of coral reef. The idea behind this particular painting was prompted by the Corona virus lockdown which has left most of the world feeling a bit trapped. The three fish are freshwater fish and so have no business being in an ocean. However, one of the things I most like about painting is that you can alter reality as much as you want to. I have set them free as I hope we will be soon. Dedicated to everyone. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.