Roses are red

Flowers. Once, I filled a sketchbook with flowers. Many roses. Drawn flowers, flowers made of feathers, black and white flowers, flowers in colour. Monotype prints, flowers drawn on transparent paper, collages. After my materials research, I deconstructed the flower. The green leaves, petals, a stem, the roots. I didn’t draw pretty likenesses of flowers like those you find in botany books; the research was more about trying to understand what I was dealing with. In the end, I started to draw roots. Maybe I gave up on all the genuine beauty of flowers but I ended up drawing bigger and bigger root systems.

I used the theme in two large paintings for my graduation show at Central Saint Martins. They were both of a graphic nature and one of them was remotely related to a well-known 1970 flower series by Andy Warhol. I had inserted a small angled shape in the upper right corner that showed an underlying layer of paint. At the private viewing I listened discretely in the background as one of the teachers from the university made the following interpretation: the root system was the chaotic and overwhelming internet, the small angled shapes were us – the human race – peeping out from behind at the outside chaos. I don’t remember if the flower itself had a symbolic value. I sold one of the paintings at the exhibition and the other followed later on.

Acrylic painting with a pink flower on a black background on the website A Better Version

Flower #1

The motif is related to Warhol’s flowers and has a small angled shape in the upper corner showing an underlying layer of paint. With a dominating root system inserted into the graphic rendition of the flower. Acrylic and marking pen on 24 x 30 x 1.8 canvas.

Unique, 2.500 DKK / 350 Euro

Acrylic painting with a grey background with root like structure in black and a beige star like flower on the website A Better Version

Flower #2

Maybe it is a daisy that modelled for the painting, a graphic rendition of a flower with petals radiating like rays from the centre and with a small angled shape showing an underlying layer of paint. A root system frames the motif. Acrylic and marking pen on 24 x 30 x 1.8 canvas.

Unique, 2.500 DKK / 3500 Euro

Acrylic painting, yellow background, root like black lines and heavy black circle like a rose on the website A Better Version

Flower #3

This is a rose. A basic form showing a graphic rendition of a rose. The root system frames the flower that is drawn with a heavy oil bar. As it is oil, it takes at least a month for the painting to fully dry but is easily be shipped when finished. Acrylic, marking pen and oil bar on 24 x 30 x 1.8 canvas.

Unique, 2.500 DKK / 350 Euro

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