Kingdom of Flora, so fascinating, inspiring artists since millennia is a welcoming theme to explore in contemporary creations even if floral motives may seem quiet old fashioned today. Not only Takashi Murakami’s psychadelic flower explosions or Don Sultan’s minimalistic compositions witness how the painters interprete their curiosity about plants.
If it’s by interest in flowers in bloom or in fruits, the message interpreted by floral compositions in art can be divers: a ‘memento mori’ in vanity paintings such as marterfully composed arrangements of Dutch painters from Velvet Breughel to Van Gogh or ‘joie de vivre’ themed works of Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe. Painters all have one thing in common: curiousity about quiet life of of leaves and petals, richness of forms and colours one is ready to admire better on painting that in nature – but this is a story about human unsatisfaction with natural and fascination by artificial.
Vegetal compositions in art can also be the source of narrative tendencies and may become a story teller or at least to help the artist in developping a story or to creat a mystery within his painting. You may wanter about summer vacations memories (who’s and from where?) in Peter Doig’s painting or about who put the Watering can in here in my work >>les Plantes<< and try to figure out how it is that we see all elements from above but there is no sign of observer’s (our) feet captured here:
Of course flowers can be only, as mainly used, a simple ornament decorating ancient egyptian tomb, pompeian villa or contemporary loft. In >Lotus Flowers< I worked on five cavases of the same size, the life of a flower from it’s bloom to past blossom just to show what different states if blooming of sacred lotus look like.