Verne Busby


Verne Busby has lived and worked most of his life in Edmonton, Alberta He received his BA in 1972 and his Secondary Education Teaching Certificate in 1974 from the University of Manitoba. In 1975, he received his permanent British Columbia Secondary Teaching Certificate. Returning to Edmonton he furthered his design experience with studies at Grant MacEwan Collage Design Arts(1977) and at the University of Alberta.

In 1981, after several years of agency experience in Edmonton, Verne Busby joined Bella Totino in Totino Busby Design Inc., an independent design and illustration studio. Art and Design talent has attracted a wide range of projects and clientele.

Verne has taught as a part time staff at the University of Alberta Faculty of Art and Design, Visual communications. Verne also moderates life drawing sessions biweekly at the Edmonton Wecan Society, Harcout House Annex.


For years I accepted landscape as having a perscrbed look. I live in a country with a strong landscape genre. But I refuse to trade totally in the currency of this established style.

A few years ago gave us a radical new view of our familiar space. Similarly the look of my paintings pushed to flatten the planes and create shape associations.Reinventing the thought of landscape has changed the content of my works, forcing a reexamination of spatial relationships. The painting growth is dependent upon the tension suggested by these landforms.

Painting for me is like magic, what you see is not what you see at first take.The closer you get to the surface the more the picture fades away and the more the artwork is about paint and texture. Within the marks you can re engage with your subject, recreate a snapshot in time, make a historical observation or record the glimpse of a current dream.

2010 September Resident Artist, University of Saskatchewan, Kenderdine Campus
2008 Emma Lake Artist Residency, University of Saskatchewan, Kenderdine Campus
2007 Emma Lake Artist Workshop with Monica Tap, U of Sask, Kenderdine Campus
2006 May Intensive Studies Seminar, Taos, New Mexico
2005 September River Rock Studios with Brian Atyeo, Cochraine, Alberta
2005 May Intensive Studies Seminar, Taos, New Mexico

Pallet Magazine, September 2007
Edmonton Journal, June 2008
Elemente, July 2008

Rowles & Company, Edmonton, Alberta
Merlo Vinotecca, Calgary Alberta
Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta
Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mountain Galleries, Jasper, Banff AB and Whistler, BC
Kurbatoff Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sopa Fine Arts, Kelowna, British Columbia

2010 Elemental Titanium: 22-2010 Annual The Works Festival, Edmonton,
2010 Finally Legal, The Works Festival, Edmonton,
2010 Skin Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon
2010 Thespiae Fringe Gallery, Edmonton
2010 Wayfarers and Sinners, Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton
2010 Go Figure, Studio Gallery, St. Albert
2009 Heat of the Moment The Works Festival, Edmonton
2009 Touch of Rouge, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon,
2009 New Artist to the Gallery, Gibson Fine Art, Calgary
2009 A Way Into Place, Profiles Public Gallery, St Albert
2009 Helicon, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton
2008 Triton and the Nereides The Works Festival, Edmonton
2008 Being Human Leighton Art Centre, Calgary
2008 Eleusis, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton
2007 Merlo Vinoteca Inc, Calgary
2006 Hotel Art Recent Works, Calgary
2005 State of the Art, Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton
2005 Eye Candy – Figurative Exhibition Image 54 Gallery, Calgary
2003 Buon Fresco for the 21st Century, Park Plaza hotel, Los Angeles
2001-2002 Blooming Pride Edmonton Art Gallery, Travelling Exhibition

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
CN Railways
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
National Film Board of Canada
Provincial Museum of Alberta
Alberta Foundation of the Arts
Cantak Corporation, Alberta
ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp, Alberta
The Delta South Edmonton Hotel and Conference Centre

The artwork of Verne Busby is represented by Rowles & Company Ltd., Alberta's Corporate Gift and Art Gallery in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta Canada. 

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