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Cherry Blossom (Lincoln’s Inn), 2017

2017

"'Cherry Blossom' is a breathtaking exercise in pinks, depicting cherry blossom in bloom, one of the true pieces of magic the natural world delivers to us each year. The blooms are in the top eight panels of the screen: the bottom four have a different naturalist vision, one in which thousands of small spots and marks create an even pattern across the surface. The effect is one of a dramatically enhanced Pointillism.

Pointillism, or Divisionism, was a method of depiction – a style in fact – first developed by painter Georges Seurat in the 1880s, whereby small dots of pure colour were used in place of brushstrokes. The dots were juxtaposed based on the then-new theories of complementary contrast of colours, so as to create a vibrant, even surface across the canvas, a tapestry of shimmering light. After Seurat, many adherents to the style carried it forward into the 20th century, where the concept of juxtaposing dots and marks of pure colour interested many pioneering Modern painters and designers, including Matisse, André Derain, Piet Mondrian, Jan Toorop and Henry Van de Velde. The ‘all-over’ pattern of marks effectively eliminated composition in terms of juxtaposed forms and was vital for the rise of pure abstraction. Brian Clarke was the first to really use this in the context of stained glass. In 'Cherry Blossom', the technique provides a radical contrast to the cherry blossom in the upper panels." – author and curator Paul Greenhalgh in The Art of Light.

Stained glass screen in an edition of 10 unique variants plus 3 artist's proofs, published by and available from HENI.