Busby, John (1928-2015)

John Busby RSA RSW SWLA (1928-2015) was an artist, writer, teacher and naturalist. He was born in Bradford in 1928 and after National Service, he studied at Leeds College of Art and then at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) where he was awarded post-graduate and major travel scholarships. On return from France and Italy he was invited to join the staff of ECA, where he taught drawing and painting from 1956 until 1988. A member of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). He served as President of the Society of Scottish Artists, 1976-79. A life-long bird watcher and naturalist, (at age 17 he was at the inaugural meeting of the Wharfedale Naturalists Society in 1945) he was a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA). Busby has exhibited widely both at home and abroad and had a major retro-spective exhibition at Bradford City Art Gallery in 1999/2000. More recently a retrospective exhibition, planned before his death, was held at Nature in Art, Glos. in August 2015 and at the Wildlife Art Gallery in Lavenham, Suffolk in November 2017. He lived near Ormiston in East Lothian and died in Edinburgh in June 2015

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