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Visceral Flowerscapes where beauty is not lost

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Graffiti Lotus, 2010 Painting 48 X 24 © Emma O'Rourke
Visceral Flowerscapes where beauty is not lost
Curated by: Maryam Seyhoun

9007 MELROSE AVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90069
April 24th, 2010 - April 26th, 2010
Opening: April 24th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.seyhoungallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
west hollywood/b.h.
EMAIL:  
seyhoungallery@ymail.com
PHONE:  
310 858 5984
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday to Saturday 12 - 5 pm
TAGS:  
floral, expressionistic, impressionism, oil/canvas/painting, beauty mixed-media, graffiti/street-art, conceptual, pop, landscape, figurative, modern, traditional
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

British Artist Emma O'Rourke creates visceral flowerscapes using a mixture of mediums from oils, wax, petals, latex, acrylic and lots of drawing, which she loves to do most.

"pretty' might describe her work, but look deeper and find a strength in the mark making representing feminine strength and independence.  The roses have yellowing petals on some pieces, with quotes about aging gracefully repeated over and over, such as the Emerson quote ' as we grow old, beauty steals inwards', and "beauty in youth is an accident of nature, whilst beauty in age is a work of art...'

O'Rourke also paints lotus flowers which represent a spiritual rising to the light.  In the background is a graffiti style motif, which is actually the white out - which has become the graffiti, thus symbolising the emergence of graffiti as a great art form.