Wild Summer Hollyhocks, 150 x 150 x 3 cm oil and enamel on canvas.
Wild Summer Hollyhocks, tall and straight, reaching ever skyward like Icarus toward the sun, flowering faces bathed in sunlight. Inspired by roadside wildflowers, the beautiful Hollyhock is the subject of this painting. I wanted to capture the wild beauty of an urban patch of ground, the tangled grass and opportunistic flowers vying for life. Dazzling in their overlooked splendour Wild Summer Hollyhocks had to be more than beautiful flowers. I wanted to convey the struggle for survival, the defiance and the beauty of nature. Created in an expressionist style, dripped and thrown paint creates a wild undergrowth of plant life while delicate impressionist floral details contrast beautifully against the chaos. Wild Summer Hollyhocks is ready to hang.