‘All gardening is landscape painting’ – William Kent
This summer, Sarah Wiseman Gallery is pleased to present ‘The Garden’ a group exhibition which explores the enduring influence of horticulture and gardening on visual art. The exhibition brings together painting, printmaking and sculpture from gallery artists renowned for their interest in the natural world.
Visual art and horticulture are two disciplines that share a long association. Claude Monet was perhaps most famously influenced by his garden at Giverny, with later twentieth century examples of gardening artists including Derek Jarman and Barbara Hepworth. Gardening lends itself naturally to painting as a visual stimulus, but there are wider, more deeply felt implications to consider. Gardening is cyclical; in a garden we witness new growth, but also its decline and decay as the seasons change.
'The Garden' at Sarah Wiseman Gallery will include new works by Sarah Spackman, who regularly makes paintings of her allotment produce. There will also be a new series of paintings by Alison Pullen, who will be working with Chelsea Physic Garden and Kew, painting on location in their glass houses and gardens. James Fotheringhame, who has recently joined the gallery, has evolved his artistic practice through his work as an artist and garden designer.
For many artists, nature is an irresistible draw, perhaps because it is endlessly changing, or because like creating a successful art work, a successful garden takes planning, experimentation, with plenty of time and dedication, with part of the thrill being that you can never fully illustrate quite predict the end result.