7 October 2018
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Friday 13 July - Sunday 7 October
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Discover Affordable Art
Florabundance brings together paintings, drawings and prints by 12 contemporary British artists to create a veritable bouquet of flower pictures for visitors to Watts Gallery – Artists' Village to see and buy.
From exquisitely accurate botanical watercolours to exuberant riots of colour in acrylic paintings, Florabundance celebrates the best of modern floral art and recalls the inspiration found by Watts Gallery's founders - the great Victorian artist G F Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904) and his wife, the artist and designer Mary Watts (1849 – 1938) – in the natural beauty of the Surrey Hills.
Florabundance features: Anna Perlin, whose distinctive acrylic paintings capture the beauty of wildflowers in the British landscape; vivid paintings in watercolour by Gael Sellwood, revealing the integrity and vibrancy of the flower; Bristol-based artist and printmaker Hannah McVicar, who uses multi-media printmaking to illustrate plants in all their forms; Helen Hiorns who, working in watercolour and organic ink, strives to find the balance between realistic depiction of plants and an artist's aesthetic vision; paintings by Kate Thelwell that imitate the interaction of flora in its environment through fluid, expressive mark-making; prints by Linda Farquharson inspired by the garden and countryside surrounding the artist's studio in Perthshire; delicate ink paintings by Lucy Augé that capture fleeting moments of nature's evolution; engravings by printmaker Peter Collins which allow a freer interpretation of botanical subjects; Richard Shimell's linocuts inspired by plants he finds in the Dartmoor valleys on his studio doorstep; collagraphs by Vicky Oldfield reflecting the artist's fascination with the structure and design found in flowers and plants, and unique works on fabric using plant material by Amanda Ross that evoke real and imagined environments.
The exhibition also includes the public launch of Nessie Ramm's unique VERGE project, through which the artist is painting the botany of Britain's road verges onto decommissioned aluminium road signs. In these unloved laybys and verges, Nessie has discovered a wealth of botanical interest. Florabundance will feature three works from this project.
Image credit: Anna Perlin, Dog Roses
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See work by artists:
Lucy Augé | Peter Collins | Linda Farquharson
Helen Hiorns | Hannah McVicar | Vicky Oldfield
Anna Perlin | Nessie Ramm | Gael Sellwood
Richard Shimell | Kate Thelwell | Amanda Ross