The Manoir Gate by Girts GailansPress Release
Tokarta the online art gallery is literally blooming this spring with a
huge selection of glorious floral images on view on the walls of its
virtual gallery. Ranging from stunning close-up photographs to vivid
abstract works, sculpture and oils, the garden and its contents are the
inspiration for many of the artists exhibiting on the Tokarta website.
And it's easy to see why you consider the incredible colours textures
and shapes throughout the natural world. Just by hanging a fine art
photograph or still life study of flowers on your wall you can bring
Mother Nature's beauty and colour inside, brightening the room and
lifting your mood.
The stunning floral photographic images by Jan Bickerton combine
colour, light and composition to capture often unexpected impressions
of an individual flower. Other photographers exhibiting with Tokarta
include Girts Gailans whose image of Bamboo is a striking study of
strong verticals and light and shade, while The Manoir Gate captures an
idyllic overgrown gateway.
Tokarta's sculptors are also looking to the natural world for
inspiration as is clear in Andrew Vaccari's Horse Chestnut. This
sculpture, made from papier mache and coloured with oil pigment is a
wonderfully tactile piece; its outer surface is highly polished with
beeswax while the inside of the shell has a luxurious velvety texture
making it irresistible to handle.
Ben Bennett is one of many painters choosing to represent nature in an
abstract fashion with his work It's a Jungle Out There, in which the
artist uses a rich palette of greens to portray what he describes as “somewhere
in an English garden”
. Celebrating another slice of
English country Garden is Summer Breeze in which artist Neil Carroll
has captured his memories of summers at home in Monmouthshire.
If you prefer a more impressionistic image then renowned artist John
Harris Specializes in what we he calls “imaginative
, beautifully illustrated in his work New
England which gives a very intimate view of a garden seen through the
picket fence. Denise Connell's Balcone dei fiori portrays the beautiful
flowers so often seen decorating balconies in Italy – just
goes to show what you can do with even the smallest outside space.
Using nature as inspiration is a tradition that runs throughout the
history of art from the great artists of the Renaissance and the Dutch
still life painters to Monet's Waterlillies and Van Gogh's Sunflowers.
One look at Tokarta's website confirms that today's contemporary
artists are continuing that tradition, making it the perfect gallery
for those if us with a passion for gardening and art.