Billie Rae Busby is a contemporary emerging visual artist who creates abstract landscape paintings of the Canadian prairies. She uses a precise hard-edge technique to reinvent her surroundings through mood, light and movement.
Raised and educated in Saskatchewan (University of Saskatchewan B.A. Studio Art ’98) and living in Calgary, Alberta, she is inspired by both the complexity of urban architecture and the vast rural landscape.
She snaps photos while traveling through the Canadian prairies as her source to create paintngs of inventive yet familiar settings. The lines replicate the movement of a vehicle through the sprawl to expose an assortment of effects, time, seasons and common weather conditions. She strives to interpret ordinary places in a fresh, new context.
Her abstract works have been exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Western Canada including The New Gallery, Art Gallery of Calgary, Leighton Art Centre, City of Calgary Public Art Open Spaces, 2012 Calgary Biennial of Contemporary Art, Calgary Stampede and Okotoks Art Gallery.
In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious commission with Foreign Affairs Canada for the Cana- da House Collection in London, England, in which her abstract designs were created into two hand-tufted custom carpets. Also in 2014, she received the Painters’ Key Emerging Artist Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Her contemporary artworks have been acquired by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and she has been commissioned to create large scale public art banners at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. In 2016, she was named one of 20 Compelling Calgarians by the Calgary Herald newspaper.
Billie's most recent exhibit will take place June 30- October 1
I AM WESTERN
Fourteen contemporary artists present a post-modern interpretation of the western art genre; deconstructing, reframing, and modernizing the image of who we are now.
CSPACE KING EDWARD
1721 29 AVENUE SW