Simon Bull -
Flowers are People too
The garden as metaphor…
March 1st –April 30th 2017
When I paint a flower, it does not matter how
closely my artwork resembles my subject, the truth is it will never be a real
flower. It’s only paint.
Flowers are related to one another and live in
gardens, or out on the wild hillsides in spring. Each one is unique, but bears
the unmistakable family resemblance.
These works have not been painted in the traditional
way, by applying color with a brush, but by pouring large amounts of runny paint
onto one canvas and then marrying it with another the same size so the wet
paint is transferred from one surface to the other.
By doing this repeatedly a whole family of paintings
comes to birth and while each one exhibits unique features, nevertheless all
share the traits of a common ancestor.
I called them names like: Mother, Sisters, and
Brothers. You will note that there is no Father here, he is not a painting, but
is represented by the paint that flows through them all.
Finally, in the centerpiece: We Sing Hallelujah, the
whole family celebrates their unity in diversity.