Following his sell-out show of 2013 at Bohun Gallery, Louis Turpin returns to the Oxfordshire art gallery this September with a new collection of paintings 'The Passion for Gardens Continues'.
In an exhibition which celebrates some of the most important gardens in the British Isles, Louis Turpin articulates the passion and achievements of some of the greatest garden designers of our time. Turpin's broad brushstrokes and vivid use of colour capture the essence of the National Trust's Lyte Carey, the Cornish Lost Gardens of Heligan and the exotic, sub-tropical gardens on Tresco on the Isles of Scilly. These diverse gardens highlight the artists' visual awareness and his ability to bring their spirit to life with paint.
The gardens of Great Dixter in East Sussex have held lifelong fascination for the artist. Christopher Lloyd's bold planting schemes sent shock waves through the horticultural world and Turpin's sensitivity and understanding of this flamboyant garden result in paintings which bring the floral tapestries alive on the canvas and his visual awareness captures the very essence of this corner of England.
The artist is currently developing his own garden in to a kitchen garden and the associated commitment to interweaving vegetables and flowers is a clear preoccupation within the choice of plants in this collection of paintings.
Louis Turpin has received international recognition for his garden paintings. His paintings feature in many public and private collections. He has received important commissions including a recent project to depict the gardens at Glyndebourne and was shortlisted for the National Portrait Award at the National Gallery in 1986.
Louis Turpin is available for private commissions - please contact Bohun Gallery for further details.
PRAISE FOR LOUIS TURPIN IN THE PRESS:
The characteristic Turpin canvas gives an impression of brimming colour and lushness, as though the artist's eye is right in the flower bed, hemmed in by diverse flora, with distant walls and hedges lending a sense of space and structure. While he claims to be vague on the names and details of particular species, there's an instinctive feel for the different plant forms and the way they've been positioned by the gardeners. Mark Hudson, The Daily Telegraph, 2013
Louis Turpin, with his broad brushstrokes, vivid use of colour, brings floral tapestries to life in his canvases. Fergus Garett of Great Dixter, 2013
His distinctive style focuses on colour and form and lends itself perfectly to capturing both the atmosphere and intricacies of a garden's planting mix. Gardens Illustrated, 2013
In addition to the sheer energy of the gardens he paints, Louis Turpin delights in their spirit of place and their relationship with the countryside beyond. The Lady, 2013
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