Flora and fauna have forever been an inspiration for art, but now more than ever artists are finding new and inventive ways to bring our world to life. Out are the days of hyper-realistic flower fields and seasonal still life studies, replaced by delicate sculpture, clashing colours and bold neon prints.
Inspired by the longer, brighter days, I've curated a spring inspired selection of five artists challenging the concept of beauty and the interpretation of the natural world, reimagining it in their own unique way through art. As spring shifts into summer, there really isn’t a more appropriate time to give the art in your abode a well-deserved spring clean…
1 Fantastical Fauna
I adore the otherworldly style of Sophie Iremonger’s art. She captures beautifully delicate illustrated flowers as if they are not part of this world at all but transporting you into an alternate magical cosmos. ‘Cherry Blossom Nostalgia’s’ plucky palette of yellows, pinks and purples is a great way breathe life and colour into a room. I personally think it would look great in an entrance hall - what a welcome for guests!
2 Neon Nature with Bluebell Wood Spring
I have to admit, I just can’t help but stare at Helen Brough’s work, trying to read it and figure it out. It just doesn’t fit into the ingrained traditional image of a bluebell wood for me…Which is exactly why I am so engaged by it. Her interpretation completely challenges my idea of what I perceive to be a springtime woodland, flooding my sight with unexpected electric colours and familiar but not quite formed shapes and textures of the woodland.
3 Blossoming Bliss
I love how Laura has transformed a symbol of spring that can tend to look prissy and fussy into a feminine and striking feature. Through bold oil paint brushstrokes and an alternate colour palette she has captured the movement and transient energy of blossoms in spring. I can imagine this being a real focal point in a living room, the large bloom pattern and sprinkling of white paint splashes give this piece multiple layers and textures that can be incorporated into furnishings.
4 Picturesque Planting
If you like the idea of furnishing your home with planting, but you’re not blessed with green fingers, Simon Job’s series of paintings ‘Trace’ will bring the natural beauty of flora into your home hassle free. His ethereal images draw attention to the beauty of the most common-place plants in our natural environment. These medium sized works would suit being hung as a series in a kitchen or dining room, the blue hue palette bringing a touch of calm to a typically busy room.
5 Spring into Sculpture
Claire Brewster’s beautiful paper cut outs are an utterly unique take on traditional depictions of nature. Using old maps, Claire creates delicate 3D paper collages that literally leap from the wall, the colours and print of the original map add layers of detail to draw the viewer in for a closer inspection. The warm summer colours and delicate design of the rose would look great in a living room or bedroom with touches of floral pattern woven through furnishings to bring the theme together without being overkill.