Parastoo Ganjei & Chloe Holt: Floribundance Absolute
7 July - 5 August 2017
 

The inspirational finesse of these two female artists’ work spans continents
and histories, expressing their love of the natural objects of choice to paint, through texture, intensity and a stylishly limited palette of depth and tone, over quantity of colours. From England, to the Royal Palaces of Brunei, collectors are responding to the emotion compelling you when you are standing in front of Holt’s and Ganjei’s paintings.

Lucy Simon, June 2017

 

Amore Dei Fiori

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

79 x 102cm

 

 

Rha

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

75 x 110cm

 

Floribunda

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

73 x 112cm

 

Morning Light
Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

51 x 61cm
 

 

 

Flying Roses
Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

51 x 61cm
 

 

 

A Bunch of Roses
Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

51 x 61cm
 

 

 

Melograno Rosso Ocra

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

76 x 66cm

 

Finestra del Pelargonio

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on panel

diptych

100.5 x 50cm (each panel)

 

Sol

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on panel

56 x 71cm

 

 

 

The techniques both artists employ are complicated and thoughtful, resulting in the type of work which draws you back again and again to notice more each time, and really marvel at the work. Of Persian heritage, like many of the rose varieties she paints, Ganjei beautifully captures the transitional moment of a flower reaching its fullest hour, amongst other roses and petals already passed, which is a theme current through both artists’ work; a celebration of the beauty of a flower as it continues on, changing shape and colour beyond its earlier days. Both women seek the rarest types of flowers and objects to paint, usually set against dark background colours – the particular type of old-fashioned, heavily petalled roses of strong scent and shorter life, of the kind Fantin-LaTour would have had in his studio.

 

Spring Roses in a

Pewter Jug

Parastoo Ganjei

acrylic on canvas

41 x 41cm

 

 

A Rose in a Glass

Parastoo Ganjei

acrylic on canvas

41 x 41cm

 

 

 

 

Dark Shadows

Parastoo Ganjei

acrylic on canvas

41 x 41cm

 

 

Succo di Lemone

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

12 x 15cm

 

 

 

Srulu

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

42.5 x 34.5cm

 

 

Piccolo Uovo

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

12 x 15cm

 

 

Too Complicated

Parastoo Ganjei

acrylic on canvas

101 x 76cm

 

 

 

Roses on a Blue Background

Parastoo Ganjei

acrylic on canvas

60 x 80cm

 

 

 

January Roses
Parastoo Ganjei

acrylic on canvas

101 x 76cm
 

 

 

Ombra

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on panel

40 x 34.5cm

 

 

 

Patera

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

43.5 x 54cm

 

 

 

Naranzaria
Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

40 x 34.5cm
 

 

 

Rose Study
Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas
60 x 60cm
 

 

 

White Roses in a Glass
Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas
41 x 41cm
 

 

 

Roses on a Sunny Morning
Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas
51 x 51cm
 

 

Chloe Holt comes back from the flower market laden with more flowers than could fill a shop, in order to create studio sets to paint. Holt also has a wide collection of ancient and antique objects each with their own story, which are handled with admiration and arranged interestingly throughout her studio and sets. Frames are also carefully considered; antique and treated or painted to suit the work contained. Her latest series of paintings is largely inspired by a recent trip to Venice, and it is perhaps not coincidental that she was awarded the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Prize for works on Paper at Florence Biennale in 2010, and this year, Italy has been the location of her marriage proposal; a place reminiscent of the happy convergence of this special time in a career and personal journey.

 

Negrita

Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

67 x 126cm

 

 

Fiori
Chloe Holt

oil and gesso on board

67 x 126cm

 

Clouds Over Blue Lake

Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

23 x 23cm
 

 

 

Blue Sky and

Dancing Clouds

Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

18 x 18cm
 

 

 

Yellow Fields

Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

18 x 18cm
 

 

Rugged Farmland

Parastoo Ganjei
acrylic on canvas

18 x 18cm
 

 

 

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