Billie Rae Busby is a contemporary visual artist who creates abstract paintings of the Canadian landscape. She uses a precise hard-edge technique and colour theory to reinvent her surroundings. Her paintings evoke wonder and possibility by depicting mood, memory, movement and time.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she is inspired by both the complexity of urban architecture and the vast rural landscape. She strives to interpret ordinary places in a fresh, new context.
Her abstract landscape paintings have been exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Western Canada and have been acquired by several collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canada House (the Canadian High Commission) in London, England.
The jersey barriers are her first painted murals with the Beltline Urban Mural Project.
The five concrete jersey barriers each showcase an abstracted Alberta mountain landscape using hard-edge painting and vivid, brave colours to offer scenes of beauty, hope, wonder and possibility.
I use hard-edge painting to incorporate architectural elements from the modern city with aspects of our natural world. Through layering, contrast and decisive marks, my artwork depicts movement, mood and memory to form a vaguely familiar location. I strive to see and interpret ordinary places in a fresh, new context.
The series of barriers complement each other but showcase different activity within the sky. The colour palette represents an outgoing storm (darker at the top) with a glorious and optimistic sunset pushing through. I have chosen to use a view of mountains instead of flat land in the composition, because the Rocky Mountains are a comfort, escape and pride for many of us, especially over the last year.
Photos © 2021 Chelsea Yang-Smith