The smell of Spring in the air and the arrival of the Chelsea Flower Show has us embracing our love affair with everything floral.
From tulips and dahlias to roses and lilies, we say bring the outdoors in and curate your world into a floral oasis with these blooming delights...
1. Diana Ashdown, 'White Tulips', Obsidian Art
Diana’s prints are original works of art; designed and cut using a lino process she has devised and printed in her studio. Colour, texture, pattern and line are all significant elements that combine to produce pieces that are stunning and uplifting in their impact.
2. Simone Truong, 'Melding', Curious Duke Gallery
Simone's limited edition prints and originals juxtapose the beautiful with the morbid, offering euphoric moments emerging from stark backgrounds graced with fragile flowers to instances of despondency, often dark in appearance, yet remaining equitably as elegant.
3. Jane Peart, 'Spring Blossom'
Jane works mainly with copper-plate etching and pencil drawing. Her passion is making images of animals, rural views, nature and every day scenes, finding inspiration from her surroundings and the places she has visited on her travels. We love the way her work evokes the atmosphere and feel of the scene, or the texture and personality of the subject.
4. Elizabeth Blackadder, 'Irises, Lillies, Tulips', Glasgow Print Studio
Blackadder's signature subjects include landscape, cats, flowers, still lives and portraits. Blackadder's work is based in the traditions of the Edinburgh School, but is strongly influenced by Japanese aesthetics. Characteristically, she carefully arranges objects in a shallow pictorial space to create intriguing and subtly decorative images.
5. Angela Easterling, 'Lily', Bridgeman Gallery
Lily is a unique cyanotype in a series of seven botanical works from Angela Easterling. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Here however, no camera was used, rather the image is exposed in the sun. “When combined with contemporary chemicals the plant materials generate their own particular aura of colour. There are no negatives and so reprints cannot be made. Each image is unique.” - Angela Easterling
6. Melanie Goemans, 'A New Day (Silver Leaf)', Bridgeman Gallery
“In my work I seek out overlooked, incidental forms in nature and through painting / printmaking I draw attention to them. I think there is a great beauty in the rambling, chaotic lines of tangled weeds or the overgrown, especially in contrast with the man-made forms around us. Finding out the history of places I am painting, I like to think these lines tell some of the stories, as if the past is making itself present through them.” - Melanie Goemans
7. Patrick Demarchelier, 'Christy Turlington in Rose Hat', National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery's major exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style celebrates the greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography. Featuring the work of some of the century's most talented photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Clifford Coffin, George Hoyningen-Huene, these stunning portraits include current and past figures including supermodel Christy Turlington. The collection of portraits encapsulates the full history of whimsical, imaginative and innovative portraiture that British Vogue has been producing for 100 years.
8. Chloe Croft, 'Water Lily'
Chloë combines her passion for nature with her vibrant and elegant style to create stunningly bold portraits. Each piece is created from hundreds of painstakingly cut strips of paper.
9. Robin Duttson, 'Bullfinch: Great Tit and Roses', TAG Fine Arts
Robin Duttson’s exuberant print conveys the natural abundance of spring and summer in a stunning celebration of the seasons. This complex 19-colour screen print draws inspiration from a diverse range of sources, including the artist’s favourite Renaissance paintings, and early depictions of the Annunciation. Duttson brings these together with his own meticulous studies of roses and birds to create a joyfully bright and optimistic print.
10. Lisa Creagh, 'Floriculture F9', Crane Kalman Brighton
This piece is taken from the artists' project, ‘The Instant Garden’ inspired by Dutch Flower paintings, in particular those by Rachel Ruysch (1664 – 1750). The work has been widely exhibited and was recently awarded a development grant by The Arts Council of England. Creagh writes, “The Instant Garden is a new kind of photograph, one ‘made’ not ‘taken’, but no less beautiful for being artificially ‘natural’".
11. Claire Cameron-Smith, 'Irises Woodblock', Upland
A beautiful limited edition, multiblock colour woodcut. Printed by hand using pure pigments and rice paste on Japanese paper. All carved, printed, signed and dated by the artist - each one an original. This design has been printed by hand using 17 different carved blocks to build up the depth and vibrancy of the colours in the image.