Card showing a porcelain sculpture by Patrick O'Hara.
The slender trunks and branches of this lovely Magnolia or Sweet Bay (Magnolia virginiana) arch and soar above the water-logged roots of swamp oaks and cypresses. The delicate charm and creaminess of its flowers matched only by their exquisite perfume, attracting other denizens of these humid forests - like the dramatically patterened Palamedes swallowtail (Pterourus palamedes) - and inspiring the artist to make this centrepiece composition for the Bloemendaal Collection, after spending days wading through the dark waters of the coastal swamps near Williamsburg, Virginia.
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Patrick O'Hara has established a worldwide reputation for his own particular style of botanical works of art over four decades – firstly making unique, life-size, porcelain sculptures, and then more recently for his paintings in watercolour. He has had exhibitions all over the world, including London, New York, and Japan, and his work can be found in many private and public collections.
Patrick is concerned to portray wild flowers as they actually live, surrounded by the fauna and flora upon which they depend. Much traditional botanical painting has tended to depict plant specimens with great fidelity but isolated from nature. Patrick's work is based on his observation of the growing plants with their associated insects and small animals, so helping to understand the relationships that are what ecology is all about.
Size: 15 cm by 10 cm
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