March 20th, 2022

As long as there are colorful, precious flowers blooming from the Earth, there will be artists who find inspiration in their beautiful delicacy. Throughout art history, artists have sought to capture and reimagine these symbols of love and beauty. From the first lotus paintings etched into the tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs to the luminously painted still life arrangements of Van Gogh, Monet, O’Keefe and more, artists have sought to pay homage to nature’s bloom. 

We love to see how our Gallery MAR artists offer us modern, creative interpretations of long-beloved subject matter. Their floral paintings are no exception. Here we have curated for you a beautiful bouquet of Gallery MAR flowers to collect this spring.


Jylian Gustlin


Left to right: Jylian Gustlin, “Flora 9,” mixed media, 60″ x 60″ | Jylian Gustlin, “Flora 15,” mixed media, 48″ x 48″


Jylian Gustlin‘s new floral series reimagines the more traditional subject matter of flowers through vivid color and expressive brushstrokes. These vibrant, energetic blooms contain all of the multilayered mixed media elements that Jylian Gustlin’s work is renowned for, but rather than her signature Fibonacci, Entropy, or Figurative series, she now breathes new life into classic flora. Her new “Flora” series takes what has traditionally been a still life subject, and transforms it into anything but still. The movement of her work is felt through her expressive mark making and dynamic compositions, giving each piece the fresh feel of spring.  


Nina Tichava


Nina Tichava, “The Sky Runs Purple and Petals Out,” mixed media, 60″ x 60″


The natural botanical and floral elements within Nina Tichava’s work speak to the original inspiration of the artist. Tichava finds perpetual inspiration in the natural landscape of her Santa Fe home. She then references those natural forms through her beautifully (and patiently!) crafted works of art, combining the natural and the man-made in fresh new ways. As much as you may be struck by her work itself, the titles of her pieces are certain to draw you in further. Her painting titles are inspired by whatever lyricism strikes her, be it a poem or a song, and are more often than not, nature-inspired. This particular piece “The Sky Runs Purple and Petals Out” feels especially apt considering the glorious purple petals found within.


Pamela Murphy


Left to right: Pamela Murphy, “Meadow,” oil, 33″ x 31″ | Pamela Murphy, “Flower Girl,” encaustic, 14″ x 12″


Pamela Murphy’s work is renowned for its ability to take simple, sweet subject matter and transform them into moments of nostalgic tenderness. Her floral works further demonstrate how something so simple can feel so profound. These simple scenes of two young girls surrounded by a meadow’s bloom show how the strength of her works lies in its delicacy, much like the flowers themselves. 


Glen Hawkins


Glen Hawkins, “Pansies,” oil, 8″ x 8″


The delicate purple blooms of Glen Hawkins’ painting contains a quiet romanticism, making it the perfect gift for yourself or your loved one. The soothing negative space surrounding the blooms creates a peaceful contrast to the lively textures of the flowers themselves. With thickly applied paint strokes, Glen Hawkins shows a masterful appreciation of the simplicity and brilliance of his floral subject matter.


Stefan Heyer


Stefan Heyer, “Nachtschatten,” mixed media, 52″ x 48″


Stephan Heyer’s abstract work reimagines floral subject matter within the context of juxtaposed worlds: themes of past and present and natural and man-made. Painting from memory, Heyer layers paint, pencil marks, and various media over found images, obscuring them and rendering them scarcely recognizable. By layering these mixed media elements and expressing the earthy colors and lively textures of the natural world, Heyer’s work expresses what he refers to as “inner landscapes.” These landscapes invite viewers to indulge in a deeper form of contemplation around the harmony of these different, seemingly opposed worlds. 



Horacio Rodriguez


Left to right: Horacio Rodriguez, “Colossal Head: Educate, Engage, Resist,” ceramic, 17″ x 11″ x 5″ | Horacio Rodriguez, “Bad Hombre Pistols,” ceramic, 9″ x 5″ x 1″ | Horacio Rodriguez, “LV Mayan Figure with Flowers,” ceramic, 9″ x 6″ x 3″


The natural and cultural accents adorning Horacio Rodriguez‘s sculptures create a beautiful juxtaposition between the powerful, radicalized relics that they reference and the more modern cultural symbols of today. Rodriguez utilizes floral motifs to comment on this dichotomy. When on display, viewers are struck by the initial beauty of the works, and are then drawn in further by the deeper cultural significance and powerful context that they relay.


Which of these floral beauties would you like to pick this Spring? Find them all in the gallery or on our website today.