"Regarding Rachel Ruysch" will be on exhibit from
March 6th - March 31, 2020. Collier West, 375 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, New York
Opening March 6 | 6-8
I've currently been working on a series of paintings based on the floral still lives of Rachel Ruysch. The series is a celebration of her work and also a defiant statement on the value of decorative and "feminine" art. I like to jokingly refer to it as my "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful" series.
Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750) was one of the most successful artists in the Netherlands in the 18th century and she created hundreds of incredibly lush and detailed botanical paintings in her long career. Though she was internationally known during her lifetime, her's is not a household - or even an art school - name today. By drastically cropping her images and painting them in a much looser style, I feel they become something completely different and they are a joy to paint. I particularly love her incredible insects and the dark, almost gothic quality one can find in her paintings. Especially when brought into focus.