Twelve paintings from my Fleurs du Mal set are currently on show in the SSA Open 2016. The work originated from the experience of having a studio overlooking a London flower market. After a hectic morning of colour and noise, the traders abandoned their unsold flowers in long flat delivery boxes and this rather poignant scene suggested the images I went on to make.
Although my concerns were mostly technical and formal, wishing to integrate print with painting and representing flowers as strong and robust forms I was aware that the symbolism of flower imagery could not be overlooked and the decision to connect them with Baudelaire’s poem cycle seemed apt.
I am delighted that the piece has won the Glasgow Art Club Award at the 116th SSA Open.
The SSA Open at the RSA Building on Princes Street, Edinburgh, continues until Nov 24th 2016