Original, oil on paper, signed, framed (see below)
Painting Size: 42 x 59 cm (16.5" x 23.5")
Black with mount - framed size: 54 X 72 CM
Oak with mount - framed size: 54 X 72 CM
White with mount - framed size: 54 X 72 CM
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‘He leaped the fence and saw that all nature was a garden' so said Horace Walpole of the eminent 18th century English landscape architect William Kent. It is Kent's famous gardens at Rousham and Stowe that has inspired this latest commission from Raphael Balme.
It continues the artist's exploration of old gardens, English estates and crumbling Italian villas. Creating strange and mysterious compositions of gardens in full bloom yet with the absence of any gardeners or visitors. It seems as though we are the sole wanderers, peering into a secret world of palm houses, carp pounds and knot gardens with statues, peacocks and hounds pointing the way through.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A new collection of original paintings by British artist Raphael Balme. A graduate of Chelsea College of Arts, Balme’s work plays with colour and pattern. Drawing on folk art motifs, she makes dream-like landscapes and portraits featuring fictional characters from duchesses to clowns. This latest collection is inspired by Balme's recent work on the frescoes in the old chapel at Villa Pozzolo in Tuscany.
A picture of the artist's studio (taken by her good friend and fellow artist Mark Hearld)
Balme takes inspiration from many places, on her studio wall is a picture of this old chest, painted with mermaids and flowers.
Raphael recently worked on a new fresco at an ancient villa in Tuscany. "Villa Pozzolo was bought as a wreck by Niko Von Glasow, a film director and an old friend. The family are eccentric, daring entrepreneurs, connecting people, taking risks, with friends all over the world, when they invited me to go and be involved in painting the fresco in the chapel on the estate I jumped at it, although its’s an on going project. The house is completely magical and inspiring - a lot of my new work, particularly colours, is directly influenced by time spent there. "
Balme's home and studio is filled with inspiration for her paintings...