Croatian artist Ana Tzarev has had a love affair with flowers for long. This is seen in most of her works, which is dedicated to finding the form, color and symbolic meaning of flowers. A subject that has influenced her career as an artist, her latest collection of paintings called ‘Exposed’ too showcases vibrant paintings inspired by flowers.
Tzarev’s devotion to flowers began at an early age while tending her grandmother’s garden. Since then she has made detailed studies in horticulture and designed gardens the world over.
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The indigenous plants of Africa, the tropical flowers of Hawaii and the flower markets of Asia, have all influenced her work, resulting in large-scale paintings that capture the essence of these blooms in vivid colors.
Now, art lovers in New York can immerse into Tzarev’s world of flowers, as the exhibition is currently on at the Ana Tzarev Gallery for the very first time. Exposed will be on view through February 2013, where visitors will also get a chance to experience Love, the artist’s most recent sculpture.
Love, once again is inspired by a flower and is the centerpiece of Exposed and is a monumental three-and-a-half meter red poppy sculpture.
After its New York debut, Love will also be featured in upcoming exhibitions at the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; Museo Diocesano di Sant' Apollonia for the 55th Venice Biennale; and the Today Art Museum in Beijing, China.
Meanwhile, commenting about Tzarev’s work, art critic Edward Lucie-Smith said: “The central characteristics of Tzarev’s art are the generosity of its response to new experiences, its hunger for visual stimulation, its glorious colour, and its accessibility. Her paintings pour out in an almost continuous stream. But they are not, simply, even the flower paintings, a response to what she encounters in the external world. They are also about what she discovers, on each occasion, within herself.”