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
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.
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
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.
Angel Escapes to the Sea
Angel Escapes to the Sea is another in a series of big vibrant blue underwater paintings of fish in a blue ocean. This particular fish is a golden angel fish and was painted using gold and pearlescent paints to make her sparkle. Angle fish like this would not really be found in the ocean but I liked the idea of her escaping and being free - hence the title. It is a painting about having lots of space and freedom and being happy in solitude. It seemed fitting to paint it during the Corvid 19 lock down so I can escape myself a bit - plus anyone else who wants to! The painting is mostly blue and turquoise and focuses on the sparkling waves at the top and the light patterns made on the sandy bottom of the sea by the light that bounces off them. It tries to capture that lovely holiday feeling you get in the sea on sunny days. Dedicated to anyone who would like a bit of freedom right now. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed. Video: https://youtu.be/6qcqoLUY3Qk
White Winter Monarchs
White Winter Monarchs is a 40x40x1.5 inches large white original oil painting with deer and an owl in a snow covered winter forest. A big red deer stag stands to the left next to a pine tree and behind him is a doe. Over to the right flying between the trees is a white barn owl. The scene is set in a woodland clearing where thick snow lies on the ground leading though a patch of tall thin pine and birch trees. There is an exit in the middle of the painting that the creatures can lead you to or turn you away from. Both deer and owls are often found in folklore and are often credited with being spiritual guides or purveyors of wisdom. I am not sure of the truth of this but they are nevertheless beautiful creatures and do add something spiritual to landscapes. This painting is semi abstract and contemporary in style and began its life as an autumn landscape with deer. Now, however, it is a winter one as I wanted to mute down the oranges of autumn to make a white painting. Painted on wide edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
The Chalk Path
The Chalk Path is an oil painting of a winding white chalk path through the Sussex countryside in springtime. It is 30x30x1.5 inches and was painted from my memory as I recalled a walk up the South Downs near Ditchling last spring. The path winds through fields and meadows and wildflowers up towards the ridge of hills that make up the Downs in the distance. There is a pink and purple blossom tree on the left among the hedgerows and gorse bushes. The edges of the painting are blended and blurred and the centre of it has bigger and bolder brush strokes to give the feeling of looking into a memory and drawing you into the landscape. One of the things that makes me love paintings is the fact that you can be somewhere else in an instant when you look at one. I liked being here and I am happy that I have captured a moment of my life that I loved and hopefully will make a few other people happy too. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.
Assembling Horse is a large original equine oil painting (47x32x0.5 inches) of an art nouveau, semi abstract, golden purple horse assembling out of nothing. The inspiration for this painting was simply that I find horses very beautiful and I sometimes just need to indulge in painting one just to feel happy. This horse is being created out of golden particles assembling out of the ether. I like this idea as all life forms are basically assembled from smaller particles so all I am doing here is showing the process in a more fanciful way. The horse is painted realistically around the eye and parts of its face in contrast to other parts of her which are partially formed, transparent or decorated for no particular reason other than it looks pleasing to me. The colours range through dark blue, purples, lilacs, golds and pinks and is thin and transparent in places and thick in others which further add to the idea of the horse in the process of appearing. I am a great fan of the artist Gustav Klimt and this possibly shows in this painting as he too liked to contrast realistic with abstract and decorativeness in the way that I am doing here. It is painted on thin canvas, edges white, ready to hang.