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City of Lights Series

 

 

CITY of LIGHTS Series
 

Chrysanthemums grown in metropolitan gardens

 

In 1979, and the mid 1980's, I engaged in a journey to visit various Chrysanthemum growers in private gardens, firstly in Japan, where this national flower is known as the Kiku. Thereafter, in London's suburban Metroland, where I was born and raised. Here, the art works were inspired by John Betjeman's book of verse, A Few Late Chrysanthemums (1954). 
 
Further of these rare beauties were gifted to me from horticulturists in Westminster, London and travelled back to the Wapping studio with me. The petals, in-curved, always caught the light, like satin buildings arranged as cities with each exquisitely formed petal located in perfect unity with the others. These hybrids touched my love of harmony and I continued the series in Venice, one late summer evening in 2000. I would paint a number on some of the petals, to correspond with the drawing, and keep track of their location.
 
Again, in 2016 in my studio, I used the monochrome work from 1985 as reference for larger pieces where the arrangement of petals, which I affectionately term the City of Lights, has found a place in my visual mythology as a personal narrative for optimism.

Coral G Guest

 
 
                 Late Summer City Sunset, Gold Light, Limehouse   Chrysanthemum  'Gold Tip' Watercolour on rough paper 70 x 70 cm 1984

 

 

 

 

 

Late Summer City Sunset, Gold Light, Limehouse
Chrysanthemum 'Gold Tip'
Watercolour on rough paper
70 x 70 cm
1984

 
 
                 Late Summer, First Light, Venice   Chrysanthemum  'Golden Lion'  1:1 watercolour on paper fragment 2000      

 

 

 

 

 

Late Summer, First Light, Venice
Chrysanthemum 'Golden Lion'  1:1
watercolour on paper fragment
2000

 

 

 
 
 
        From Westminster to Wapping    Chrysanthemum  'Skaters Waltz' from the 1985 version monochrome acrylic and carbon on canvas 81 x 112 cm 2013

 

 

From Westminster to Wapping
Chrysanthemum 'Skaters Waltz' from the 1985 version
monochrome
acrylic and carbon on canvas 81 x 112 cm
2013

  From Westminster to Wapping Chrysanthemum  'Skaters Waltz' Colour Study Watercolour on paper 1985

From Westminster to Wapping
Chrysanthemum
'Skaters Waltz'
Colour Study
Watercolour on paper
1985