My name is Gill Bustamante and I paint large contemporary landscape and seascape paintings in oil on canvas. They are mostly inspired by the Sussex landscapes I see around me where I live. My painting style is a fusion of Expressionist, Impressionist, Semi-abstract, Art Nouveau and something I term ‘memory impressionism’. This is where I go walking somewhere rural, look at and absorb the things I see and experience, and then come home and try to capture an 'echo' of the place from memory, including any wildlife I may have seen. I completed a fine art degree in Brighton in 1983 and I have painted since I was three. It always makes me happy along with cake, bunnies, driving erratically, BBC 6 music and totally irreverent comedy. Website: www.gillbustamante.com
I have a B.A. Hons. in Fine Art - Sculpture (I am self taught as a painter) which I did at Brighton and completed in 1982 after a foundation art course at Chelsea. After college I worked at the Open Studios on Brighton seafront producing fibre glass sculptures and other commissions together with an architect who incorporated my sculptures into his designs.From 1992 to 2000 I worked as a portrait artist for Andrew Hall (Artists Hand - a major art agent in Sussex at that time). Since 2001 to present time I have been a self employed artist and art tutor. My biggest claim to fame so far was that I appeared in Episode 12, Season 2 of of Home Is Where The Art Is on BBC 1 in July 2020 which is available on BBC iPlayer:
I do take part in exhibitions and events occasionally but find it easier to simply invite people to visit me and see my artworks at my home studio by appointment if they are interested. I sometimes 'loan' paintings to people before they buy so that they can test run the painting in the place they want to have it.
2004 and before, Various open exhibitions including Chelsea in 1997, Summer exhibition, Old Convent East Grinstead in 2000, and Learning Centre East Grinstead.
2005 Jan - Shared exhibition with SEA, Mall galleries, London. May - solo exhibition Chequer Mead Art Centre, Sussex.
2006 June - shared exhibition Arabesque Gallery, Bahrain. Jan - solo exhibition Chequer Mead Art Centre, Sussex.
2007 August - solo exhibition at Hawth Theatre, Crawley, West Sussex. March - shared exhibition Obsidian Art, Bucks. May - solo exhibition at Pottery Painting Cafe, Brighton Fringe Festival.
2008 Sept - Mural Mosaic Canada with 238 other Equine artists mural now being toured throughout Canada and US. August - shared exhibition St Hill castle, East Grinstead. June to Sept Solo exhibition at Chequers Hotel, Forest Row, East Sussex. May - solo exhibition at Wealdon House, East Grinstead. Jan to Feb shared exhibition Iona Gallery, Oxford. All year Gallery presence at Objects d Art, Lingfield, Surrey. Feb - shared exhibition Blue Moon Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2009 Feb - Solo Exhibition Brambletye Hotel Forest Row in February (25% profits to ActionAid Charity). May - Ambassador Hotel, Brighton Fringe Festival. June - The Art House Gallery 2 in Havant. July - Gallery LeFort, Bath - equine exhibition with other leading equine artists. October - The Gallery, Rottingdean in East Sussex solo exhibition.
2010 onwards – Due the internet becoming my main source of sales I only exhibit occasionally in real world exhibitions. Most of my art is now sold through online galleries. I have however, had solo exhibitions at: Sheffield Park (National Trust), Lingfield Race Course, Brighton festival, Brighton Fringe festival, New Art Fair, London, Kingscote Vineyards, Sussex, Wills Art Warehouse, London and Shoreham Gallery where I was a member of the artist collective there for a few years. I also have work in some galleries occasionally which include Art at 5 in Brighton, Gabriel Fine Art, London, Graham Stevens Gallery, East Grinstead and, Da Vinci Hotel, Eastbourne.