In the midst of a snowy British winter, ‘glass palaces’ around the country steam up as they protect and nurture their tropical plants in structures often over two-hundred years old. With the snow melting off the roofs, artist Samantha Allan made expeditions to some of her favourite glasshouses to celebrate the ‘jungles in our gentle landscape’.
A series of inky blank painted silhouettes featuring twisted tropical vines, banana palms with their leaves torn and tattered like moth-eaten fabrics, lofty birds nest ferns and the carnivorous Venus Fly Trap are captured like Daguerreotypes (early photographic slides which were contemporary to the boom in glass house building in the 19th century).
Inspired by John Ruskin’s striking 5ft high paintings of flora and fauna which he used as teaching diagrams for his students, Samantha has created a series of limited edition, signed prints which play with scale, simplicity and boldness of form.
PRINT LARGE, £185: size: 84 x 59 cm (34" x 24")
PRINT LARGE FRAMED, £295 - size: 86 x 61 cm (35" x 25" )
Giclee printed on paper stock: Awagami Washi Bamboo 170 gsm
(The finest quality, archival, acid-free paper. 100% ecological, crafted from natural fibres + pure mountain water, it’s handmade for beautiful print output and longevity.)
Printed in England
Authentication label on reverse
Framed in our oak, black wooden or white wooden frames
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High quality, digital art reproduction from original watercolour
Limited edition of 100