Over the years, I have found art to be truly transformative in the living environment. I’ve worked with a variety of visual artists in multiple mediums during my career. Contemporary art is a major source of inspiration for my design work, and I firmly believe it is an essential element in any designed space.
In keeping with our theme of showcasing progressive visual artists, Rumba presented the solo exhibition from British artist, Ann Thornycroft on April 29th.
Flying Upstream (2017), 72” x 108”, triptych, oil on canvas $19,500
The artist’s abstract forms are influenced by American art of the 1960’s and 70’s, but are also heavily rooted in a much older tradition of landscape painting. The floral forms are often conceived from direct observation in nature, and the finished paintings contain expressions of emotion and power. “They are a visual equivalent to poetry – perhaps, a little like Mary Oliver’s hymns to the natural world – they invite us into a rich world of growth and fecundity,” says Thornycroft.
The smaller works take pleasure in the craft of painting. Some explore soft brush marks in seemingly simple color swatches while the hard edged variety play games with our ways of seeing as they move this way and that between balance and imbalance, harmony and discord. Although some are called studies, they are not exercises. Each one is an autonomous exploration into color and form – a theme that is integral to all Ann Thornycroft’s work, small and large.
Here are some photos from our fabulous reception:
Ann Thornycroft, in the flesh
The following pieces are also available at Rumba:
Euphoria (2017), 60” x 84”, oil on canvas $18,500
Indigo Series 6 (2014), 60” x 72”, oil on canvas $14000
Below is a video from the artist’s site that discusses her process and inspiration.
The pieces are for sale at Rumba. Contact or visit us for more information or to reserve a piece.