Friday, 17 September 2021

Painter who has captured the greatest of British gardens

AN exhibition of paintings celebrating some of the most important gardens in the British Isles opens at the Bohun Gallery

AN exhibition of paintings celebrating some of the most important gardens in the British Isles opens at the Bohun Gallery on Reading Road in September.

Artist Louis Turpin has made it his mission to capture the passion and achievements of some of the greatest garden designers of our time. His broad brushstrokes and vivid use of colour capture the essence of famous gardens at Great Dixter, Sissinghurst, Kew and Burton Agnes among others.

Curator Katie Newman said: “Turpin revisits Sissinghurst, the very place which set him on his successful career as a garden artist. However, rather than portraying its architecturally designed garden ‘rooms’, or Vita Sackville West’s vibrant planting schemes, it is the new allotments which have caught his imagination.

“Another remarkable garden which Turpin brings to life on canvas is Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter. The planting schemes sent shock waves through the horticultural world with a love of the exotic and Lloyd’s bold experimentation with planting schemes.

“Louis Turpin’s sensitivity and understanding of this flamboyant garden result in paintings which bring the floral tapestries alive on the canvas and his visual awareness captures the very essence of this corner of England.”

The exhibition catalogue has an introduction written by plantsman Fergus Garrett, who says: “His observations are acute, and his love for flowers and the countryside beyond are a celebration of floral opulence.”

Louis Turpin was also invited to paint some of Dan Pearson’s privately commissioned gardens, seldom seen by the public. Pearson’s skills and importance as one of the UK’s leading garden designers has been recognised through a celebration of his achievements at the Garden Museum, London, in an exhibition running until October 20. The paintings of Pearson’s designs form a major part of the exhibition at Bohun Gallery.

Louis Turpin has received international recognition for his work. He has received important commissions, including a recent project to depict the gardens at Glyndebourne and he was shortlisted for the National Portrait Award at the National Gallery in 1986. He works from his studio in Sussex.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 14 and runs until October 12. All works will be for sale.

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