Floral Paintings

Whilst doing my Exploded Flowers series, it occurred to me that petals and individual components of flowers are literally individual brush-strokes of nature.

So I decided to take that idea and expand it to create a floral painting, so to speak. I was also partly inspired by the excellent website Everything Is A Remix.

Four pieces below had been selected to be part of the finalists’ exhibit at the SOCIETE GENERALE Gallery at Alliance Française de Singapour as part of the France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award 2012.

Gloxinias, Eustomas, Peruvian Lilies, Bouvardias, 2011, All Rights Reserved.

Gloxinias, Eustomas, Peruvian Lilies, Bouvardias, 2011

This is a familiar motif to quite a lot of people – especially the Chinese. It depicts flowers and two butterflies, which signifies the spirit of two lovers, carefree. In this piece I have decided to go for a more graphic quality, to use the colours and textures of flower parts (like petals, leaves and stamens) to create this motif with a new twist.

This piece will probably make a great gift for newlyweds 🙂

Rose, Eustoma, Peruvian Lily, Hydrangea All Rights Reserved.

Rose, Eustoma, Peruvian Lily, Hydrangea

This is a special piece which I did for an interview for a TV series called A.M.P which is showing in Feb-Mar 2012. Since 2012 is a new start for people all ovr the world, I thought that this piece which shows flowers bursting into butterflies is appropriate.

Roses, Pom Poms, Hydrangeas, Heliconias. All Rights Reserved.

Roses, Pom Poms, Hydrangeas, Heliconias

This work is all about textures, and takes its inspiration from a traditional Japanese painting of a crane by Jakuchu. It is not a painting or drawing! Every single piece in this work comes from the flowers stated in the title, and is a photographic image which is of course post processed.

What I find interesting is that from far it resembles a traditional japanese painting, probably because of the colours and the textures arising from the petals. Also of note is how much flower petals resemble feathers – just seems to work well in this case for me.

Pandanus baptistii, Asparagus myriocladus, Pompoms, 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Pandanus baptistii, Asparagus myriocladus, Pompoms, 2011

This is an original piece by me, which is in parts inspired by the ink paintings done by japanese and chinese artists previously. This piece is different from the other pieces in that I have used the camera’s blur to create a sense of depth in the image. By taking out the distracting colors of the leaves and flower petals, I find that the hard textures of the Baptistii leaves contrasts nicely with the delicate structures of the Myriocladus and the smooth flow of the Pompom petals. I think this technique has room for exploration.

Seven pieces (the 4 above and 3 below) in this series have been exhibited in the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Brush Strokes of Nature Exhibition, Singapore Fringe Festival.

Clarinervium, Pandanus, Pom Pom, Parsley, 2011, All Rights Reserved.

Clarinervium, Pandanus, Pom Pom, Parsley, 2011

A play on textures to conjure a rocky outcrop with trees against a backdrop of boulders and cliffs. I find that it is a challenge to see beyond the colours of the leaves and petals and imagine the effect as a monochrome image. The hardest visualisation for me is to see the clarinervium and pandanus leaves as rocks and boulders, while the small props like the little trees are much easier to conceptualise. Interesting to me is how forms are repeated in nature – the branching pattern of parsley mimics that of a tree on a tiny scale. I believe the analogous term for this is fractals.

Gerbera, Chamelaucium

This is a piece I did for an exhibition as part of the Singapore Fringe Festival 2013

Gloriosa, Aster, Hydrangea, Cotton, Chrysanthemum, 2012, All Rights Reserved.

Gloriosa, Aster, Hydrangea, Cotton, Chrysanthemum

The Chinese love the Dragon and it symbolises potent and auspicious powers. I’ve also placed a couple references (check the number of clouds around the Dragon) to another symbol Chinese love – number 8 (which sounds like fortune/propserity in Mandarin).

I find that the use of flowers for the depiction of a Dragon seems suited for the Chinese Dragon as it is usually a benevolent one rather than the Western dragons which are more aggressive.

Other Floral Paintings

Van Gogh Sunflower Remix

To start with, I decided to remix Van Gogh’s famous Sunflower Painting – remixing a painting of flowers with flowers has a meta-painting quality to it that I like!

This work was done entirely by hand, and I had to work fast too as I didn’t want the petals to wilt before the entire work was done! Thankfully, I had the help of my family in this particular instance.

Another interesting quality of this image are the dimensions that are present – the textures of the wall, vase and table created by petals give a dimension not usually present in drawings, and the real sunflowers add an increased dimension to the whole piece.

Veronicas, Hyacinths, Pom Poms, 2011, All Rights Reserved.

Veronicas, Hyacinths, Pom Poms, 2011

This piece is inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏), one of the most recognizable Japanese artwork. I find that I can create the sensation of movement well with the physical arrangement of the petals, but the use of floral pieces somehow makes this piece more gentle.

The above 2 floral paintings were the ones that started it all. After attempting to remix paintings by other masters did I venture into making original floral paintings.

Snakegrass, Hydrangea, Ruscus, Hypericium, Pincushion, Protea

This piece was featured in the Straits Times during a short interview segment for the Singapore Fringe Festival 2013. I made it to celebrate the Year of the Snake. Interestingly, the branches of the plant that the snake is intertwined around is called snakegrass – pretty apt!

Gerbera, Carnation, Hydrangea 2013.

Gerbera, Carnation, Hydrangea 2013

Resting Flamingo

Gerbera, Hydrangea. 2013

Flamingo with Open Wings