Cumbrian artist Tracy Levine brings together a new collection of work for Brantwood, produced over the past three years. This exhibition, in part, challenges our normal perception of what is considered beautiful in all things floral. It also draws attention to the parts of nature that often go unnoticed: the places where nature emerges from managed land and where it blossoms.
This highlights the importance of the nurture and conservation of our many endangered meadow flowers and native wildflowers. Artists, poets, songwriters owe much to this world of flora.
Besides being inspired by the beauty in weeds, meadows, hedgerows and wildflowers Tracy has produced a very special series of large Hydrangea paintings that were created over three autumns. All painted when the colours have transformed, when the blooms start to die back and they turn the most beautiful reds, blues and purples, They remind us of the impermanence of everything and are symbolic of the ageing process. The flowers were taken from her father’s garden and besides being sentimental, they are a poignant reminder of her father.
Tracy says that this body of work has been her most enjoyable to paint, both the subject matter and the palette of colour being so inspirational.
Tracy will be holding two Meet the Artist talks in the Severn Studio on 24th July and 10th August at 11.00am (included in admission)