Mall Galleries is pleased to present its first online only exhibition 'Flora', a growing and diverse collection stemmed from the time-honoured practice of painting flowers.
We have drawn together examples from both established and emerging artists who use flowers in different ways in their work. Some take inspiration from the bouquet still life, first popularised in a 1600s Netherlands, where painted flowers reflected the exotic specimens in the gardens of mercantile classes. Others are drawn to the gardens themselves where flowers blend into pattern as opposed to arrangement.
Anne-Marie Butlin finds in flowers ‘a sense of calm ...a chance to contemplate and meditate, and remember our connection with the natural world.’, whilst for Saied Dai, plucked flowers form part of the memento mori that reminds us of our own mortality.
Susan Ryder puts flowers at the centre of her domestic settings, bringing nature in shelter. Vice-versa, Sarah Jane Moon presents us with a Hockney-esque flower-lined pool; the architect’s hand effectively sculpting into the natural environment.
Gareth Kemp draws on desert flowers and Americana in his minimalist canvases whereas Robbie Wraith’s Roses take us on a different journey to Bali or 17th century Delft through his collection of postcards and cuttings.
Alexander and Lachlan Goudie pass the baton between father and son, interpreting the floral still life in vivid colour palettes, with the legacy of the Scottish colourists behind them.
These and other artists included in this selection reinterpret and reimagine this classic genre. This collection will continue to be added to over the next four months so keep checking back to see what else has grown.