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Gladwyn K. Bush, MBE

Ms. Gladwyn K. Bush, MBE

A 4th generation Caymanian, Gladwyn "Lassie" Bush began painting at the age of 62, after what she describes as a visionary experience. Strong Christian themes run through her work, which she painted not only on canvas, but also on the walls, windows and furnishings of her home.

Mrs. Bush was awarded a national honour, Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1997 and received the award during the Queen's Birthday celebrations in Grand Cayman on June 15, 1998. She was also a recipient of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation's Heritage Award. Her work is documented in the 156-page art book, My Markings... the Art of Gladwyn K. Bush, published by the Cultural Foundation. Examples of her work formed part of the travelling exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art, Carib Art, and she is one of the artists profiled in books on intuitive art worldwide, Raw Creation, (Phaidon Press), Caribbean Art (Thames and Hudson) and Fantasy Worlds (Benedikt Taschen Verlag). Her work is in private collections in England, the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, Germany and the Cayman Islands, and in the collection of the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Miss Lassie passed away on Monday, November 24, 2003 at the age of 89.

The World Praying for Peace -  by Gladyn K. Bush

For information on Miss Lassie or the National Collection of her works housed at the Harquail Theatre, call (345) 949-5477 or write: Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Harquail Theatre, P.O. Box 30201 SMB, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. You may also e-mail the Foundation at: or visit the website: