LandEscape Art Review Special Issue - Page 148

LandE scape

Mark McAfee Brown
CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW
order . Nature newly unnatural - familiar yet unknown . These images are concerned much more with form , shape , allegory , visual and anthropomorphic relationships , composition and the emotional range of color , than they are with flowers in a botanical sense , although without flowers none of them ever would have been made . They have a distant artistic antecedent in the works of Jan Brueghel the elder , who loved to paint flowers against a black background . They are more akin to paintings than to photographs .
These works are filled with time , seasons , forms , saturated colors and deep black space . From my garden I harvest what is blooming , budding , dying , colored , textured , warped or wonderful – depending on preconceived ideas for an image or natural inspiration . I scan these flowers , fruits ,