Here are the art exhibitions for 2016 I am most excited about!
1. Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse: The Royal Academy – 30 January — 20 April 2016
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
The exhibition includes Monet’s waterlily paintings shown in the UK for the first time. I adore lilies and they are a strong motif in my oil paintings so I am so excited to see Monet’s water lilies as they have been a huge inspiration in my art work. I first saw them as a teenager and they have haunted me ever since. I revisited them when I was in Paris for the Romo launch and although they were incredibly different from the ones I had remembered all those years ago they were utterly magical still. I’ll be there next Friday so I will let you know how it feels to see them in a different environment, as a big part of the experience is the oval space in which they are usually hung. It will be fascinating and I can’t wait. I have been dreaming of creating my own inspirational garden for so many years and that dream may soon become a reality so this exhibition couldn’t be more perfectly timed!
For all my lily paintings visit my Lily Pinterest board
2. Drawing on Childhood: The Foundling Museum- 22 Jan 2016 — 01 May 2016
Drawing on Childhood brings together the work of major illustrators from the eighteenth century to the present day, who have created powerful images of characters in fiction who are orphaned, adopted, fostered or found.
3. Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway: Dulwich Picture Gallery – 5 February – 15 May 2016
One of the most renowned Norwegian artists, Astrup’s work transforms the rugged Norwegian landscape into a mythical, living entity. Exploring the luscious, colourful paintings and radical innovation in printmaking that defined the Norwegian artist’s career, the exhibition will bring over 90 oil paintings and prints, including works from private collections never exhibited before, to London.
4. Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art: The National Gallery -17 February – 22 May 2016
From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.
5. Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection: The Courtauld Gallery – 18 February – 15 May 2016
This major exhibition features no less than thirty of Botticelli’s exquisite drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy alongside a selection of outstanding Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.
What an extraordinary treasure trove of inspiration! Do please let me know if there are any others that you have discovered and can’t wait to see!
With love, Jessica xx